Architectural Fellow with Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.

Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship Employer:
Cleveland, OH, USLocation:
Fri, Jul 6 '18Posted on:

About Enterprise:

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.

Fellowship opportunities for the 2019-2020 program year are in Atlanta with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Cleveland with Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc., Green River, Utah with Epicenter, and Ithaca, New York with Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services.

About Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.:

Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. (BBC) is one of the country’s most visionary community development corporations. Founded in 1990, its mission is to empower citizens, and revitalize blighted and underserved communities. They serve three inner-city neighborhoods known for their high poverty rates, disproportionate quantities of public housing, decades of disinvestment, and substantial vacant land. However, their staff of seventeen is poised to face these challenges head on and are genuinely committed to improving the lives of their residents through a combination of tried-and-true community development practices and uniquely creative interventions.

BBC needs a bright, creative professional who can guide their “signature” development initiatives -- major projects that will be highly transformative to their communities,city, and region. They began the process of creating a new master plan for our neighborhoods in 2014. In order for the final product to best represent the interests of community members, incorporate their wishes and desires, and create their vision for their neighborhoods, staff and consultants aimed to collect as much input as possible. This multi-faceted engagement strategy included a series of six participatory planning sessions/public meetings, surveys at neighborhood events, and large feedback boards stationed at key community locations on which people could write or draw. Hundreds of people contributed to the plan, which was largely written and produced by BBC staff. It was completed and formally adopted by the Cleveland City Planning Commission in 2016.Several lofty development concepts emerged from the planning process and have generated interest and excitement from residents, stakeholders, funders, and partners. Our organization is truly excited about the prospect of bringing these signature projects to life, and our development team is already in the process of laying the groundwork that will set them in motion. Predevelopment activities performed thus far include property acquisition, holding early discussions with stakeholders and potential partners, preparing preliminary designs, and researching possible sources of funding.

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


  • Applicants must have an accredited architecture degree in order to be considered for the fellowship, from a NAAB-Accredited Professional Architecture degrees (B.Arch, M.Arch) and is required for all positions unless indicated otherwise.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. for the entire fellowship period

Selection Criteria:

  • Architectural, academic and community experience
  • Essays and response to work plan
  • Design portfolio
  • References
  • In-person Interview

Selection Schedule:

  • Deadline extended to July 22, 2018: Application Deadline at 11:59pm ET
  • Late September/Early October: On-site, in-person finalist interviews
  • November: Final fellow selection
  • January 2019: Fellowship begins for 2-year opportunity

Application instructions:

To be considered for the fellowship, you must apply online at July 15th, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET.


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