Enterprise is now accepting applications to become an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow beginning in 2013. Applications are due August 8, 2012. See the fellowship opportunities and how to apply.
Enterprise Rose Architectural FellowshipEnterprise Rose Architectural Fellows become part of a unique three-year experience offering unparalleled learning and networking opportunities. As integral members of their host organizations’ staffs, fellows gain practical experience in site acquisition, site planning, architectural design, developing financial pro-formas, applying for financing and obtaining public approvals. Often fellows engage in neighborhood planning, typically helping their hosts improve standards and practices for design excellence, sustainability and resident engagement.
Fellows work full time within their host organizations, helping to build capacity and bringing fresh ideas. In exchange, the hosts provide mentorship and guidance, supporting the development of the fellows’ careers with meaningful hands-on experience, in addition to insurance and certain other benefits. For its part, Enterprise provides an annual stipend ($47,500 for fellowships beginning in 2013), coaching and training, along with industry networking and learning opportunities.
Fellows also gain from a national support system of colleagues who share their passion for public interest architecture and community development. Bi-monthly conference calls and online meetings combined with bi-annual face-to-face gatherings create the opportunity for fellows to share experiences, learn from peers and develop lifetime relationships.
Fellowship Opportunities for 2013Enterprise Community Partners is offering four fellowship opportunities for the 2013-2015 class. Prospective applicants must choose and apply to only one fellowship opportunity. Please carefully review the fellowship workplans before proceeding with the application:
A fellow with these organizations will work with multiple local stakeholders to implement a comprehensive community plan for the Baptist Town neighborhood of Greenwood, Miss. In addition, with the Carl Small Town Center, the fellow will explore national models of rural sustainability. Download the workplan.
Community Planning and Rural Sustainability
Location: Greenwood, Miss.
Organizations: Greenwood-Leflore Economic Development Foundation and Carl Small Town Center
Culturally Sensitive Design for Native American Tribes
Location: Santo Domingo, N.M.
Organizations: Santo Domingo Housing Authority and the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative
This fellowship will provide dual opportunities to implement community planning and engagement at a local level and to nationally influence culturally sensitive tribal design.
Download the workplan.
Urban Community Development and Transit-Oriented Development
Location: Los Angeles
Organizations: Little Tokyo Service Center and the Neighborhood Based CDC Coalition
Working with these two groups, a fellow will have the opportunity to fully explore all facets of affordable housing development, design and financing, as well as shape the future of transit-oriented development in Los Angeles. Download the workplan.
Building Models of Community Development and
Location: Asheville, N.C.
Organization: Mountain Housing Opportunities
With MHO, a fellow will be deeply entrenched in the Asheville and Buncomb County community development sphere. The fellow will work on a myriad of local projects, from multifamily housing to helping shape a potential national model of sustainable single-family housing development through the New Mountain House program. Download the workplan.
Apply to be an Enterprise Rose Architectural FellowAt a minimum, applicants must posses a professional degree in architecture from an accredited university (B.Arch, M.Arch, or D.Arch). Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for the duration of the three-year fellowship (Enterprise Community Partners and Host Organizations cannot assist fellows in obtaining proper visas and/or work permits).
The application consists of essay questions, a resume, letters of recommendation, transcripts and a portfolio.
You may save and edit your work until the deadline of August 8, 2012. We encourage applicants to read all instructions before beginning.
Required Attachments Portfolio of Work:
Applicants are expected to provide a portfolio of work with up to 10 examples of their highest quality work for review. The portfolio must be in a pdf format. The portfolio must contain no more than ten 8.5 x 11 inch 'slides' and may be no larger than 5 MB. Portfolio Samples relevant to community development and community design are encouraged.
The resume should describe the applicant's employment history, academic history, community involvement and leadership, and honors and awards. It should include all full-time positions held, summer jobs held in college, relevant part-time work, all community leadership positions and community work. It is important to include dates, firms/employers, locations, titles and responsibilities. The resume may be tailored to best reflect individual skills, interests, honors and activities.
Sealed Unofficial Transcripts:
Applicants must submit unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended via the online application system. If selected for an interview, sealed official transcripts will be required.
Letters of recommendation should be solicited from two people who can objectively comment on performance in any or all three areas: academic, professional and community settings. Letters from personal or family friends or from co-workers are considered inappropriate and are detrimental to the application. It is strongly recommended that those providing Recommendations do not also provide Design Studio Critiques.
Design Studio Critiques:
In addition to two recommendation letters, applicants must submit two critiques by past Design Studio Critics, Desk Critics, Architectural Employers or others in a position to be able to objectively comment on both creative and technical design ability. Each critique should be one page in length and should discuss applicant's architectural ability in a frank and honest manner. It is strongly recommended that those providing Recommendations do not also provide Design Studio Critiques.
Responses to Essay Questions:
Applicants must address the following four essay questions. Special attention should be given to the specific personal qualities, professional accomplishments and community work that distinguish you from other well-qualified applicants.
Please combine your essay responses into a single file and include your name at the top of the document.
Essays are limited to .PDF, .DOC, .DOCX., and .RTF formats. File sizes must not exceed 5 MB.
Essay 1: Why do you want to be an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow?
Essay 2: Describe a project or experience that contributed to your motivation to be a community-based architect working in green affordable housing.
Essay 3: How do you anticipate that the fellowship experience will impact your work in the future?
Essay 4: After reviewing the draft fellowship plan, please give a response in two pages or less. Portions of the fellowship plan will be negotiable after the fellowship is awarded. Consider the following when responding:
A. What is your overall impression of the fellowship plan?
B. What special approaches, if any, would you use in implementing the plan?
C. Do you bring any special background or expertise that will assist you in executing this plan with this organization?
Applications due: August 8, 2012
Finalists Notified: by September 14, 2012
On-Site Interviews: September and October 2012
Fellows Notified: by October 31, 2012
Start Fellowship: January 2, 2013