General Information

The real body of the universe is spiritual and the real body of the life that we live is spiritual — Frank Lloyd Wright

The Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum  is hosting its 2020 Symposium at FALLINGWATER (Bear Run, Pennsylvania), an internationally recognized icon and destination for most architects, landscape architects, and designers. Imagined and realized by the visionary and mystical figure of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most influential architects of the 20th century, Fallingwater offers participants a place that is inspiring, both for its architecture and for its natural setting. It is the perfect context in which to practice, to consider and reflect on practices, to discuss, meditate, and discover. It also permits attendees to consider the little-addressed yet important legacy of Wright’s spiritual sensibility, beliefs, and practices vis-à-vis his work. Spending time with the remarkable Fallingwater and its surrounding landscapes will allow participants to better understand this contribution (60 years after his passing) in light of the mission of ACSF and the great challenges facing the world today.

The Twelfth Annual Meeting will be held at Fallingwater (May 27-31, 2020), ninety miles from Pittsburgh International Airport. The conference venue includes The Barn (Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, 2002), and other buildings in the forested lands of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. The symposium activities will include a visit to another nearby Wright building, Kentuck Knob. Accommodations will be at area hotels, motels, or inns.

As in previous symposia, ACSF 12 is structured around a main topic (in this case Practices Toward a Future) but is also open for ideas, works, and proposals relevant to the Forum's areas of interest. The number of attendees will be kept small to secure an atmosphere conducive to personal connections and in-depth dialogue. Optional meditation will be offered each morning and there will be free time for connecting to oneself, the surrounding forests and, of course, Fallingwater. Keynote speakers will include distinguished architect/historian Anat Geva, internationally recognized artist/filmmaker Brent Green, and renowned scholar of architectural history and theory, David Leatherbarrow.

Established in 2007, the Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum provides an international forum for scholarship, education, practice, and advocacy regarding the cultural and spiritual significance of the built environment. ACSF believes that the design and experience of the built environment can assist the spiritual development of humanity in service of addressing the world’s most pressing issues.