Architectural Fellow with Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services
The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship partners emerging architectural designers 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, 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 finance, maintenance, community organizing, and policy. You also join a growing network of passionate and talented public interest designers who are continuously changing what is possible in community development. Host organizations join the Rose Fellowship for the opportunity to incorporate a designer into their organization and for the challenge of transforming their organizational processes to better include design thinking methodology to design for better outcomes of their developments.
Fellowship opportunities for the 2019-2020 program year are in Atlanta with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Cleveland with Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc., Green River, Utah with Epicenter, and Ithaca, New York with Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services.
About Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services :
Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) is a 41-year old non-profit corporation with a mission of providing long-term, affordable rental and homeownership opportunities to low- and moderate-income people. With a full-time staff of 40, INHS serves a seven-county region in Upstate New York. Primary lines of business include lending; home repair; homebuyer education; real estate development and rental property management. INHS real estate development activities include the new construction and preservation of multifamily rental properties, townhomes and single-family homes. INHS currently owns and manages a portfolio of 942 affordable housing units and has 146 more under construction.
Home to Cornell University and Ithaca College, Tompkins County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the State of New York and the City of Ithaca has one of the highest rent to income ratios in the entire country. With vacancy rates typically less than 2 percent, families at very low and moderate incomes are being priced out of the housing market as they compete with students for a very limited supply. This has resulted in a regional crisis; with over 15,000 people commuting into the County from the more rural surrounding areas where housing is less expensive. To address this critical housing need, INHS has dramatically increased its real estate development capacity. Adding real estate development staff to locate new opportunities and project manage a growing pipeline. Expanding who we serve by developing mixed income housing – diversifying the type and number of residents we reach and expanding our service area to include the seven surrounding counties. This expansion has required the real estate development department to re-focus on community engagement and place based planning. The INHS Rose Fellow will collaborate with a team of developers and designers to plan high quality, energy efficient housing that is contextually appropriate to the urban and rural environments in which we work. Eqaully important, the INHS Rose Fellow will engage with residents, community stakeholders and policy makers to ensure that every INHS development provides our residents with housing that they can be proud to call home.
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 public interest design
- Applicants must have an accredited architecture degree in order to be considered for the fellowship, from a NAAB-Accredited Professional Architecture degrees (B.Arch, M.Arch) and is required for all positions unless indicated otherwise.
- Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. for the entire fellowship period
- Architectural, academic and community experience
- Essays and response to work plan
- Design portfolio
- In-person Interview
- July 15, 2018: Application Deadline at 11:59pm ET
- Late September/Early October: On-site, in-person finalist interviews
- November: Final fellow selection
- January 2019: Fellowship begins for 2-year opportunity
To be considered for the fellowship, you must apply online at http://www.enterprisecommunity.com/become-a-fellow by July 15th, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET.