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The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship partners emerging architectural designers with local community development organizations to facilitate an inclusive approach to development that results in green, sustainable, and affordable communities. As an integral member of their host organization, fellows integrate design processes, community engagement principles, and creativity into development projects and the organization overall.

By becoming a fellow, you will learn first-hand the dynamics, challenges, and potential of mission-driven real estate finance, maintenance, community organizing, and policy. You also join a growing network of passionate and talented public interest designers who are continuously changing what is possible in community development.

Host organizations join the Rose Fellowship for the opportunity to incorporate a designer into their organization and for the challenge of transforming their organizational processes to better include design thinking methodology to design for better outcomes of their developments.

Meet the network of Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellows and visit our video library to see what kinds of projects they have worked on.

Benefits of becoming a Rose Fellow

  • Two-year fellowship position
  • Salary and benefits
  • Annual networking and training retreats
  • Intensive on-the-ground training in community development
  • Professional development stipend and opportunities
  • Alumni network of 70+ leaders in public interest design

Benefits of becoming a Host Organization for a Rose Fellow

  • Added capacity of a designer for a two-year fellowship position
  • Exposure to best-practice design thinking methodologies from Enterprise
  • Opportunity to transform your organization to be better positioned to design for intended positive impacts in your communities
  • Alumni network of over 80 host organizations

Our Core Principles

  • Design Excellence: Fellows use their architectural skills to develop buildings, site designs, and neighborhood plans that improve economic, social, cultural, health, and environmental outcomes.
  • Community Engagement: Fellows become an integral piece of the network among residents, local leaders, advocates, and government officials advocating for community-based design and development that reflects local residents’ needs and desires.
  • Sustainability: Fellows integrate Enterprise’s Green Communities Criteria and other leading sustainable building methods to transform the design, location, and building of affordable homes for people of low-income.

Our History

The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship honors the late Frederick P. Rose, a prominent developer and philanthropist. Mr. Rose believed in the value of good design and the spirit of public service. Since its inception in 2000, the fellowship has achieved dramatic results in neighborhoods across the country through the creation or preservation of more than 10,000 sustainable and affordable homes.

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