Citizen Architect Fellow

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Wed, Nov 18 '20Posted on:

Applications Open for Two-Year Postgraduate Fellowship (2021-2023)


USC Architecture is a dynamic platform for educating and inspiring citizen architects to analyze problems and create design solutions that both respond to the challenges of our time and embrace the promise of a better built environment. For over 100 years, the USC Architecture faculty and graduates have pushed beyond the traditional boundaries of the field to pioneer many paradigm-shifting new practices of architecture. Deeply rooted in the city of Los Angeles and also intensely connected to global concerns, USC architects and scholars work shoulder-to-shoulder with our surrounding communities to develop, empower, and leverage local insight that enables them to become intelligent and intrepid practitioners and forge creative solutions. 


The Citizen Architect Fellows Program is geared towards recent professional architecture degree graduates who aspire to careers in academia. The Program is designed to expose Fellows to a diversity of teaching and research methods; provide resources to enable Fellows to execute a specific research project while in residence; and to provide a mentoring and networking platform to enable them to succeed in attaining academic positions in their field of emerging expertise.

Once selected, Fellows are expected to pursue lines of research that can be realized within the two-year time period as finished installation/exhibition projects and/or writing/publication submissions that can be presented in the form of a lecture/workshop. At the end of each fellowship year, Fellows are required to submit a written report on their activities. Within the last semester of the fellowship program, Fellows are required to present their research publicly. The scope and nature of research projects should leverage one or more of the core academic areas represented within the School, including: architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, building science and technology, and conservation. Research projects may be based in practice, theory, technology, history, or a hybrid. Projects may be conceptualized to link with local or regional communities or contexts but need not be limited to research within Southern California. Fellows are encouraged to seek support from external agencies if it appears that their scholarly and creative work will be enhanced by such grants.

Concurrent with their research project, Fellows will teach in the School’s A-LAB Architecture Development Program (an immersive high school program developed and administered by the School in concert with Los Angeles Unified School District) for three semesters. Fellows will also teach in the School of Architecture in one or more of the School’s academic programs in architecture.

Fellows will enjoy all the benefits of being at a research-1 university and will be considered part of the faculty of the school during the duration of the fellowship. While Fellows may apply and be granted additional employment following the fellowship program, such employment is not guaranteed.


Two Citizen Architect Fellows are appointed for two calendar years. The appointment is from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023.


Fellows will receive $60,000 annually in compensation that includes fringe and health benefits. Fellows are eligible for participation in the University health, dental and life insurance programs. Each Fellow will receive a research stipend of $3,500 per fiscal year, disbursed each year of the fellowship, that may. be used for research-related expenses. Each Fellow will receive a one-time relocation allowance of $3,000. 


USC Architecture invites applications from graduates of accredited professional degree programs in architecture who are interested in a career in academia, possess high levels of proficiency in architecture, and who possess a strong interest in the Citizen Architect ethos of combining design excellence with social impact. Fellows are expected to be in the early stages of their academic or professional careers. Candidates must be within four calendar years from receipt of their highest degree at the time of the application deadline. The appointment is not a tenure-track faculty position. Candidates should possess a passion for studio-based teaching and should articulate their demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion broadly defined. 

Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2021


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