Architectural Fellow with Ascendant Neighborhood Development

Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship
New York City, NY
United States
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About the Enterprise Rose Fellowship 

NEW: For the first time in the history of the Rose Fellowship, we are piloting arts fellowships!  

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 2019-20201 program year are in: 

  • New York City with Ascendant Neighborhood Development 

  • Wayne, WV with Coalfield Development 

  • Providence, RI with ONE Neighborhood Builders 

  • Mission, SD with Rosebud Economic Development Organization 

  • Chelsea, MA with Opportunity Communities (OppCo) 

  • Austin, TX with Foundation Communities** 

  • Los Angeles, CA with Little Tokyo Service Center** 

  • Salem, MA with North Shore Community Development Corporation** 

** denotes Arts Fellowships  

About Ascendant Neighborhood Development 

Ascendant Neighborhood Development Corporation (AND) builds homes, engages community members, and partners with allies to raise up neighborhoods that provide stability and access to opportunity for all. Since its founding in 1988, AND has supported the stabilization and growth of East and Central Harlem communities, advocated for preservation of affordable housing, and helped thousands of New Yorkers live with dignity and respect. Today, Harlem and communities across New York City are reckoning with a new kind of housing challenge, as rapid increases in market-rate residential and commercial development propel speculation, drive up rents, and encourage tenant harassment and displacement. They are launching new affordable and supportive housing projects that will expand the opportunities they offer, as well as advocating more broadly for deeply affordable homes, holistic approaches to community development that improve the health and wealth of residents, and the historic and housing preservation of the neighborhoods their organization serves. 

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

  • expanding their portfolio to 1,500 affordable apartments through a combination of new construction, preservation, rehabilitation, and acquisition;  

  • improving residents’ overall wellness and stability in measurable way; and, 

  • preserving communities via historic conservation, cultural preservation, and environmentally sustainable and resilient residential design and construction. 

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 14, 2019: Application Deadline at 11:59pm ET 

  • Jun-Jul: On-site, in-person interviews 

  • July: Final fellow selection 

  • Oct 2019: Fellowship begins for 2-year opportunity 

Application instructions 

To be considered for the fellowship, you must apply online at by April 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET.

Published on:
February 14, 2019 - 10:10am
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