2021 Hart Howerton Travel Fellowship

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We are pleased to announce the 2021 Hart Howerton Fellowship Program. Now in its fifteenth year, the Fellowship provides students with an opportunity to enrich their education with both research and office experience. Named by Architectural Digest as one of the Fellowship programs paving the way for the future of architecture, the Hart Howerton Fellowship is available to undergraduate and graduate students in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design who will be entering their final year of study in September 2021.

In past years, the research component provided an opportunity for Fellows to travel to selected locations and further explore their topic in the field. However, because of the current uncertainty regarding travel restrictions, travel may be limited this year as we continue to prioritize the health of our fellows going forward. We remain committed to offering a rewarding program for 2021. Outlined below are the features of the Fellowship and application process.

Hart Howerton Fellowship Program

Background: In 2006, Hart Howerton began an educational initiative to fund a select number of Fellowship positions for students at design schools. Each summer, Fellowships allow the firm to employ students in planning, architecture, and/or landscape architecture internships in our New York or San Francisco offices. The Fellowship also provides funded research on a topic the Fellow selects.

As a result of the Fellowships, schools have graduated students with the added advantages of professional office experience, collaborative interdisciplinary design, and unparalleled research opportunities. The perspective gained from a carefully defined program within a global design practice has helped students effectively define the choices available after graduation, and more confidently approach their careers.

The benefit to Hart Howerton has been tremendous – the energy, enthusiasm, and input of new designers who, in the process of learning, are laying a foundation for the next generation of design thinking. The Fellowship underscores Hart Howerton’s commitment to continuing educational opportunities – for our staff, our clients, and the wider professional community.
Research Study Focus: The firm currently has two research initiatives. Students with similar interests are especially encouraged to apply.

Complete Environments – New and innovative thinking that spans the fields of planning, architecture, and landscape architecture.
Healthy Living – Comprehensive design for improved health outcomes in the places we create.

Structure: Hart Howerton defines an 8-week professional internship “assignment” as part of an existing firm project, followed by the Fellow’s self-defined, approved topic of research study. The 3-week research period’s findings are prepared as a report presented by the Fellow to the firm.

The Fellowship includes:
$10,000 compensation for the 11-week Fellowship office internship and travel period.
$5,000 Fellowship research expenses during the 3-week research period.
$2,500 for housing assistance during the 8-week stay in San Francisco or New York.
Round trip travel to SF or NY from the student’s school.
Application Process/Fellowship Schedule: The online application is linked to our website, www.harthowerton.com. Hart Howerton principals make the final selections, though they may seek information from the relevant schools when appropriate. The application deadline is January 25, 2021. Hart Howerton will select a short list of up to 10 students to be interviewed virtually before final selection. The awarded Fellows will be announced in early March 2021. The Fellows arrive in the firm’s offices in late May/early June, and the program is completed prior to the start of their fall semester.

Past recipients of the Hart Howerton Fellowship have studied a diverse range of topics including urban food networks, green roof applications, and coastal programming strategies. As an example, Michael Murphy, founder of MASS Design Group, advanced his thinking about the role of design in Sub-Saharan health care programs as a Hart Howerton Fellow (Michael Murphy: Architecture that’s built to heal | TED Talk | TED.com).

Click the button above to download a PDF file with our poster, which includes a QR code to the online application, for electronic distribution to your students.

If you would like further information, I would be happy to discuss the program in more depth. Please let me know if there is anything we can do to assist with distributing this to the relevant faculty and student groups. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your students’ applications.

David P. Howerton
Hart Howerton

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