Architectural Fellow with City of Boston, Department of Neighborhood Development

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About the Enterprise Rose Fellowship

The Enterprise Rose Fellowship partners emerging architectural designers and socially-engaged arts and cultural practitioners 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, artistic practices, 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 development, community organizing, and policy. You will also join a growing network of passionate and talented creative practitioners who are continuously changing what is possible in community development.

Fellowship opportunities for the 2020-2022 program year are in: 

  • Asheville, NC with Mountain Housing Opportunities
  • Boston, MA with City of Boston, Department of Neighborhood Development
  • Cleveland, OH with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress*
  • Detroit, MI with Develop Detroit
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL with South Florida Community Land Trust
  • Portland, OR with Human Solutions**
  • Telluride, CO with Telluride Foundations

* denotes Landscape Architecture Fellowship

**  denotes Arts Fellowship

For full work plans, webinar information, and application instructions, visit:

About City of Boston, Department of Neighborhood Development

The City of Boston, Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) organizational goals are shaped by Mayor Walsh’s ambitious plan for new housing growth and increased affordability. In Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030, also known as the Housing 2030 Plan, Mayor Walsh lays out a goal of producing 53,000 new units by 2030. Just recently, this goal was increased to 69,000 units to match actual projected growth by 2030. Of these, 15,820 units need to be income restricted. The Design Unit at DND works in close collaboration with the Housing Innovation Lab (iLab), whose work looks to prevent displacement and lower the cost of living in Boston.

The Rose Fellow will help expand the City of Boston, DND’s capacity in:

  • Accelerating the ability of the Design Unity to deliver affordable housing through innovation by exploring new initiatives looking at small and mid-scale infill development and exploring modular or panelized delivery models
  • Building on their existing Additional Dwelling Unit program, expanding from renovating within building envelopes to auxiliary structures
  • Improving housing production and preservation through the existing system by piloting an internal zoning application process for city-owned land

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 social impact art and design 


  • Applicants for architectural fellowships must have an NAAB-Accredited Professional Architecture degree (B.Arch, M.Arch)  
  • Applicants for the arts fellowships must demonstrate experience and/or educational training in applying their artistic or cultural practice in a socially-engaged context. We seek applicants with either a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent level of professional experience.  
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. for the entire fellowship period 

Selection Criteria 

  • Relevant academic and community experience 
  • Essays and response to work plan 
  • Portfolio 
  • References 
  • In-person Interview 

Selection Schedule 

  • April 10, 2020: Application Deadline at 11:59pm ET 
  • Jun-Jul: On-site, in-person interviews 
  • July: Final fellow selection 
  • Oct 2020: Fellowship begins for 2-year opportunity 

To be considered for the fellowship, you must apply online at  by April 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET. 

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