Design Fellowship

Honolulu, HI, USLocation:
Mon, Aug 27 '18Posted on:

Design Fellowship Opportunity: 

Entry to Intermediate level architectural and urban designer to work on public interest and private commissioned projects in a collaborative setting. High level of design capability, leadership potential, interest in designing for  tropical/sub-tropical climates, and prior professional experience is preferred.

Project work will be at multiple scales: urban, building and detail; excellent visualization skills using multiple software platforms; ability to work between virtual and real space and materials; knowledge and appreciation for the culture of cities, historic and contemporary architectural discourse, belief in the necessity of community engagement and the ability to successfully adapt to diverse and unfamiliar cultural and natural environments. 

The Call:

SHADE group LLC, a Honolulu-based collaborative environmental design practice and public interest institute, is immediately seeking top applicants in architectural and urban design to join its team. Advanced students enrolled in university practicum programs, recent graduates of professional degree programs and intern-level professionals (1-4 years of experience) are encouraged to apply.

About SHADE:

SHADE stands for sustainable, humanitarian, architecture and design for the earth. SHADE group’s member firms include Dean Sakamoto Architects, J-Cubed LLC, Robert Freeburg, AIA, Muro Designs, and KI Concepts. SHADE Institute, a non-profit subsidiary, provides public interest design services through intern training and mentorship. The Institute is funded by grants from the State of Hawaii, City and County of Honolulu, and numerous private donors and partners. In addition to its community-based approach, SHADE is committed to learning from and serving the rapidly urbanizing tropical and sub-tropical regions world-wide.

Terms of Design Fellowship Position:

SHADE will initially provide a Fellowship stipend based on the selected applicant’s experience and financial need. The Fellowship stipend period is for a minimum of 10 weeks (subject to extension) and may be transitioned to full-time salary with benefits if project funding and the Fellow’s interest/performance is positive. Applicants will may be eligible for one-way travel to Hawaii pending available funding and temporary housing through the Fellowship period. SHADE programs are IDP and AIA CEU eligible.

Minimum Requirements:

Individuals who are currently enrolled with advanced standing in a practicum and/or recently graduated from an accredited professional university graduate or undergraduate program. Preference will be given to those who demonstrate design excellence, have leadership potential and are interested in living and working in tropical and sub-tropical environments. Prior professional experience is preferred.

Application Procedures:

Submit the following via email to by August 31, 5pm HST (reviewed as received):

  • Statement of Interest (1-page max)
  • Resume listing your contacts, education and work experience
  • 3 References (provide email and direct phone contacts for each)
  • Work samples which you think relate to this project (5 max, PDF format, reduced file size)

For more info on SHADE see

SHADE, which stands for SUSTAINABLE HUMANITARIAN ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN for the EARTH, is an alliance of innovative planning, architecture, and design firms and individuals interested in making better built environments in the rapidly urbanizing tropics. SHADE Institute provides community planning/design through intern training and professional mentorship. SHADE Institute is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. EIN 811670035. For detailed inquiries call (808) 591-5558.

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