Architectural Fellow with Develop Detroit

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Detroit, MI, USLocation:
Tue, Feb 25 '20Posted on:

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 Develop Detroit

Develop Detroit was launched as an independent, mission-driven non-profit on June 23, 2015 by the Housing Partnership Network (HPN), a network of 100 top-performing, high-capacity non-profit housing developers, owners and financial institutions that strategically creates social enterprises that address housing challenges. Detroit, especially its neighborhoods and the non-profits that served them, had suffered mightily in the time leading up to and throughout the recession and housing crisis, with massive disinvestment occurring since at least the late 1960s. As the economic environment in the core business district (CBD) began to improve and the city started to experience renewed investment attention, city thought-leaders, alongside HPN, sought to create an organization that could focus investment in “tipping point” neighborhoods to preserve existing affordable housing and create transformative new developments that catalyzed vibrancy and activity in communities across the city. Over the past four years, their experienced real estate team has crafted an extremely diverse pipeline of projects, including: a comprehensive rehabilitation to a historic 53-unit apartment building (built in 1924), a 207-unit mixed-income, mixed-use project that will activate a 3-acre vacant site and connect two historic neighborhoods with downtown, as well as a 30-home single-family project that is attracting new neighbors into a community and serving as a case study for building new modern homes on blocks with a legacy of brick Tudor housing stock. Their pipeline is indicative of the belief that Detroit is at a critical moment in time where they collectively have an opportunity to be thoughtful and intentional with neighborhood development. So, Develop Detroit approaches their work with the intent to build truly inclusive communities that enable a wide range of residents (teachers, financial analysts, retired autoworkers, retail workers, tradespersons, etc.) to live, work and thrive.

The Rose Fellow will help expand Develop Detroit’s capacity in:

  • Building community-driven design expertise to elevate and invest in affordable housing and community assets
  • Further integrating green principles into development projects
  • Develop place making process that is integrated with identity of the community
  • Prototype single family homeownership

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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