April 12, 2017

Applications Open for 2018-2020 Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship

Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship 2018 Applications Now Open

Calling all ambitious architects who want to use their design skills to create healthier, more resilient and equitable neighborhoods! Applications are now available for the 2018-2020 class of Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellows, including for the first time two fellowships open to landscape architecture candidates.

Partnering emerging architectural leaders with community development organizations for three years, the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship is the premier opportunity to build a career in public interest design.

Host Organizations

Today, we are excited to announce the 2018-2020 host organizations and invite prospective fellows to apply:

  • Quest Community Development Organization, Atlanta - The fellow at Quest will engage in a variety of affordable development projects, particularly in the pre-development stage, and design sustainable single family housing;
  • Epicenter, Green River, UT - The fellow at Epicenter will join a small team dedicated to the organization's long term goals to nurture local participation in improving the town, expanding options for rental housing, and advancing the design of new rural housing typologies;
  • Venice Community Housing, Los Angeles - The fellow with Venice Community Housing will work as a community engaged designer while serving as a key member of the housing development, property management, resident services, and advocacy teams;
  • The Trust for Public Land, Minneapolis - The fellow at the Trust for Public Land will work on parks and open space initiatives at a national scale while diving deeper on executing pilot projects in two cities, Minneapolis and Cleveland;
  • Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia - The fellow with the Conservancy will work to advance numerous community-driven projects at various scales, all while supporting their strategic leap from programmatic delivery to design leadership in the region.

Successful applicants will join our growing network of Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellows who are bringing the health, education and economic benefits of well-designed affordable homes and open space to underserved communities across the country.

Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship  Alumni

Fellowship alumni are at the top of their fields. Consider just three examples:

  • Emily Roush-Elliott (’15) – Emily was hosted by Greenwood-Leflore-Carroll Economic Development Foundation and Carl Small Town Center in Greenwood, Miss. As a fellow, Emily worked on an ambitious redevelopment plan for the Baptist Town community which addressed social, economic and emotional divides that persist in the Mississippi Delta. Upon completing her fellowship, Emily went on to start her own firm, the Delta Design Build Workshop in Greenwood, which builds equity through both the processes and products of built works, including construction workforce training opportunities for at risk populations;
  • Esther Yang (’10) – Esther’s work during her fellowship with Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation in Bronx, NY engulfed her in numerous projects with roles such as project management, construction, design, and outreach. Additionally, Esther's collaborations with many industry colleagues targeting energy and water conservation practices have translated into several local and national development reform initiatives. Esther now serves as the Regional Design Director for the City of Detroit where she is able to combine her love for practice and policy;
  • Erick Rodriguez (’16) – Hosted by Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization and Burten, Bell, Carr Development in Cleveland, OH, Erick worked to enhance coordination and collaboration across Cleveland neighborhoods with a broad group of community stakeholders. He crafted a comprehensive set of strategies that now serve as a useful tool, for both city leaders and community members, to recognize ways their neighborhoods can come together to appropriate sustainability as an essential part of their community. Erick was recently named to the Grist 50.

One of the National Design Initiatives’ priorities here at Enterprise is to foster the next generation of community designers who share our mission to integrate design thinking into their host organizations and the affordable housing and community development sector overall. The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship was created to do just that, and to date we have partnered fellows with more than 75 organizations to work in diverse geographies nationwide.

This year’s innovative organizations will serve as supportive home bases for our next class of fellows, who will sharpen their essential architectural skills while developing financing, policy, community engagement and organizing skills as part of our effort to develop architectural leaders who have the empathy, humility and experience to be effective advocates for equitable communities.

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