Architectural Fellow with Mountain Housing Opportunities

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Asheville, NC, 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 Mountain Housing Opportunities

Mountain Housing Opportunities (MHO) is a private, non-profit community development corporation whose mission is to build and improve homes, neighborhoods, communities, and lives, and build hope and dignity in the people we serve. MHO serves more than 600 households each year, and we build an average of more than 60 new homes each year. Although MHO is a statewide organization, our geographic focus is western North Carolina (WNC), including the City of Asheville. Much of WNC is rural Appalachia where entrenched poverty and shrinking economic activity has left small towns in desperate need of housing and social services. The City of Asheville (population 91,000) has a unique history as a town for medical tourism dating to the late 19th Century when the healthy mountain air was seen as an effective treatment for tuberculosis. Asheville is in the midst of a tourism boom of a different sort, which has left City officials struggling to balance the growing number of visitors with the needs of permanent residents. Because of our low-wage service-based economy, and the high cost of land and homes, a majority of our working population is in need of affordable housing. We know that more than 10,000 low-income Buncombe County households struggle to afford a safe, attractive home in a good neighborhood. In addition to these economic pressures, historically African American neighborhoods are still fighting the harmful legacy of Urban Renewal programs.

The Rose Fellow will help expand MHO’s capacity in:

  • Serving both their current focus area of Asheville/Buncombe County and into more western and rural counties in North Carolina
  • Moving forward their agenda of “housing as a social determinant of health” by bridging the fields of public health and affordable housing, integrating a health and housing lens across their bodies of work
  • Responding to and getting ahead of displacement threats and growth from tourism

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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