Architectural Fellow with Telluride Foundation

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Telluride, CO, USLocation:
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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 Telluride Foundation

The Telluride Foundation is a community foundation serving rural communities in southwest Colorado. Committed to its mission of enriching the quality of life of the residents, visitors, and workforce of the region, the Foundation develops and operates initiatives, makes grants to nonprofits, and direct investments in startup companies. The Foundation serves all of San Miguel and Ouray counties and portions of Montrose and Dolores counties. This rural region is rugged with a deep pioneering history of mining, ranching and innovation with varied topography, an ever-changing landscape of slickrock canyonlands, broad fertile valleys, high plateaus of open rangeland, and jagged, snow-capped mountains reaching over 14,000 feet. The West End is facing an economic crisis with the closure of the TriState coal power plant and coal mine, which employed 93 people in late 2016. The coal mine closed in January 2019 and the power plant closed September 2019, laying off their employees. The closing of the mine and power plant will eliminate 70% of the area’s tax base. Within this economic climate, the Telluride Foundation is looking to innovatively provide housing for the lower-income residents, including undocumented populations.

The Rose Fellow will help expand the Telluride Foundation’s capacity in:

  • Providing affordable housing for teachers and working families, who often cannot afford the steep housing prices engendered by recreational tourism
  • Building local leadership capacity across each community to lead a housing project and manage it after construction
  • Gathering community input as well as facilitate resources to residents regarding local housing needs and ownership financing
  • Researching source of opportunities to develop integrated neighborhood community resources within housing project (e.g. food stores, child care centers)

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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