Great Architecture Inspires. Share the Inspiration.
Volunteers present our world-class museums and their historic neighborhoods to an international audience and help with special events and education programs. By donating at least four hours per month to the Trust's programs, volunteers share their knowledge and appreciation for architecture, design and the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Our training program equips you to serve in a variety of volunteer positions. Continuing education opportunities engage volunteers and deepen their knowledge of history, art and architecture.
Join a community of like-minded individuals who cultivate lasting friendships, enjoy earned memberships, social gatherings, group excursions, access to an active online community, and shopping discounts.
Our training program was recently featured in this Chicago Tribune article.
Partner with us by donating your time and talents in a variety of areas:
Interpreter (Tour Guide)
Lead tours of the Home and Studio, Robie House, the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District in Oak Park, and The Rookery Building and Bach house.
Interpreter training is a concentrated three-week study, including online readings, class lectures (six sessions on two weekday evenings and two 6-hour Saturday sessions) and workshops leading to certification. Interested individuals must attend an informational orientation and qualify PRIOR to spring training sessions listed below.
- Robie House training: March 16-April 1. Classes on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and one full Saturday.
- Unity Temple training: April 16-23. Classes on Thursday evenings and one Saturday morning.
- Home and Studio training: April 21-May 7. Classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and two Saturdays.
- Bach House and Rookery training is done by guided independent study, by special arrangement only.
Assist interpreters, guests and staff with tour management at the Home and Studio (Oak Park) and the Robie House (Hyde Park). Ongoing training sessions throughout the year. One weekday evening and one Saturday morning.
Guest Relations Ambassador
Welcome guests, answer questions and hand out audio tour equipment at the Home and Studio during our peak season (April - October). On the job training done throughout the summer.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering. We look forward to having you join our team. Please take a few moments to complete a volunteer application. You’ll be contacted by return email once your application has been reviewed.