The ACD Intensive Fellowship

The Fellowship is designed for architects, designers, planners, civic leaders, policy makers and anyone currently employed in the community design field looking to launch their own projects, build a practice, or expand their practice to be more socially engaged. This 2-week intensive field based fellowship is a short and deep dive focusing on the business of social design by exploring critical topics with community partners in Chicago with Latent Design. The 2016 fellow will have the opportunity to explore using public space as a catalyst for community connectivity with Activate!Chicago or examine issues and engage with communities at a neighborhood wide scale with the Washington Park Market/Community Development Plan.

ACD serves and supports practitioners, educators, and organizations engaged in community-based design and planning. As the organization prepares for 40, the board has researched and assessed the changing needs within the expanding field of community design. While more opportunities are created for students and emerging professionals within the field, opportunities for current practitioners are under represented.


According to 2012 AIA Firm Survey, 9% of firms surveyed are 20 employees or more, with the majority of firms at 37% are between 2-4 employees. Emphasis on professional social impact programs skew toward large firm CSR/CSV initiatives, which do not adequately address the same critical issues of project structure and firm risk that are present in small firms.


While the Fellowship starts in architecture, it is not exclusive to that field. As ACD is a broad based community design nonprofit, we see the fellowship being extended to new hosts in new industries; planners, housing developers, finance, and even other community design
organizations. This is a way to engage the organization’s members, offer a prototype of peer based professional development model that can be replicated across ACD member locations and in other firm practices.


The Fellow will receive $2500 for their time and work with Latent and the community partner during the 2 week duration.


Application opens - Monday, 02.01.2016

Fellowship Google Hangout Q&A- Friday, 03.04.2016, 1:00 PM Eastern Time. RESCHEDULED, TBD.

Application closes - Friday, 04.01.2016 05.01.2016

Fellow announced - Friday, 05.06.2016 TBD

2 week Fellowship commences - July 2016

Ready to apply? Click Here!

For more insight, you can read about Alentza Michel, our 2015 Fellow, and her experiences

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