2011 Piero N. Patri Fellowship
March 10, 2011

Call for Applicants

SPUR, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, is pleased to issue a call for applicants for a twelve-week fellowship in the summer of 2011. 

The Piero N. Patri Fellowship in Urban Design is a hands-on position for a graduate student or 2011 graduate in landscape architecture, urban design, or architecture. The fellowship provides the opportunity for the Fellow to gain firsthand experience working in the urban design and planning field on a project that will have a positive impact on the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area. 

Projects are intended to provide career-related work experiences that will challenge graduate-level students, contribute to San Francisco, contribute to SPUR's mission, and reflect the values of Piero N. Patri. SPUR will cooperate with the Fellow in obtaining academic credit, if his or her institution allows.  The selected Fellow will be based in the San Francisco office of AECOM Design + Planning (formerly EDAW), where desk space, computer resources, and professional mentorship will be provided.

This year the design fellow will study the “paper streets” and other public rights-of-way in the eastern neighborhoods of San Francisco. “Paper Streets” are city public street right-of-ways that are not paved, improved or maintained by agencies. The eastern neighborhoods are a rapidly developing portion of the city that host a compact variety of land uses ranging from important job producing industrial facilities, waterfront uses, small businesses, and residential enclaves. The fellow will study the paper streets and right-of-ways amongst this mix of land uses and their potential to add social, health and lifestyle, ecological, and infrastructural capacity to the public realm in this part of the city. The intention of the fellowship is to study these sites on a macro scale as they relate to larger urban design and planning initiatives such as the Blue Green Way, propose strategies for the use and connection of the “paper streets”, and select several strategic sites for more specific proposals at a micro scale in subsequent fellowships.

Fellow Selection Schedule

Application due: By e-mail at 5 p.m. on Friday April 1, 2011
Notification of fellowship winner: Mid April
Start of fellowship: Early June
Conclusion of fellowship: August 31, 2011

The Committee may communicate with candidates by e-mail, telephone, or in person during the evaluation period.


Selection Committee

Gabriel Metcalf, SPUR
Sarah Karlinksy, SPUR
Gretchen Hilyard, SPUR
Tito Patri
Johanna Patri
Remo Patri
Marcel Wilson, Bionic
Scott Preston, AECOM Design + Planning
Alma de Solier, AECOM Design + Planning
Megan Walker, AECOM Design + Planning
David Beaupre, Port of San Francisco
David Alumbaugh, City Design Group, San Francisco Planning Department

Application Due Date- click below to download the pdf application.
Friday, April 1, 5 p.m., by e-mail to fellowship@spur.org
Format: One 8.5x11 PDF file (5mb max)
Items to include: completed application, 1 page letter of interest, resume, work samples (20 sheet maximum)

Work Product
SPUR will publish the work resulting from the Fellow's project, and the Fellow will present the results of the project in a public presentation.

Applicants may view the results of past fellowships here:
Download EmBIKEadero: 2009 Patri Fellowship Project
Download Imagining Islais Creek: 2008 Patri Fellowship Project
Download Envisioning Warmwater Cove: 2007 Patri Fellowship Project

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