Piero N. Patri Fellowship

2014 Piero N. Patri Fellowship in Urban Design

SPUR is pleased to issue a call for applicants for a twelve-week fellowship in the summer of 2014.

The Piero N. Patri Fellowship in Urban Design is a hands-on position for a current graduate student or 2013/2014 graduate in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture or a related field. The fellowship provides the opportunity 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, where desk space, computer resources and professional mentorship will be provided.

While past Patri Fellows have focused on design solutions for the land along the Southeast Waterfront, or in building community awareness of the area, the 2014 Patri Fellow will focus on the waterways that feed into San Francisco Bay along the eastern shoreline. With a combination of conditions at hand, including brackish marsh, creeks, open water, coves and backlands, this year’s project will require the Fellow to analyze potential sites along the waterfront that align with current and/or future planning projects that involve habitat and/or open space along the shoreline. The Fellow will then interact directly with local agencies and the communities of the Southeast Waterfront to prepare a detailed ecological, planning and design study to determine the feasibility of the addition of floating wetlands along the waterfront.

The study will include a detailed scope of work, ecological and social justifications, the identification of potential launch and float sites, the design and potential sourcing of materials, the distinguishing of related job and educational opportunities for local children and adults and the identification of local firms, public entities and/or public-private partnerships interested in acting as partners for the testing, construction and maintenance of the floating wetlands.

Priority will be given to candidates who have a background in landscape architecture, architecture, planning and environmental design.

Fellow Selection Schedule

  • Applications due via e-mail by 5 p.m. (PST), Friday May 09, 2014
  • Notification of fellowship winner: early May 2014
  • Start of fellowship: June, 2014
  • Conclusion of fellowship: late August/early September, 2014

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



How to Apply

  • Submit applications via email to fellowship@spur.org
  • Deadline: 5 p.m. (PST), Friday May 09, 2014
  • Format: One PDF file (10mb maximum file size. 8.5 x 11 page size only)
  • Items to include:
  • Completed application
  • Letter of interest (1 page)
  • Portfolio of work samples (20 pages maximum)
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (10 pages 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. The fellow will be responsible for the construction of one to four floating wetlands, and a report documenting the research and analysis, planning and process of identifying the target locations, engaging the communities around those locations, designing and ultimately building the wetlands.

Applicants may view the results of past fellowships here:

Selection Committee

  • Gabriel Metcalf, SPUR
  • Noah Christman, SPUR
  • Kristy Wang, SPUR
  • Tito Patri
  • Johanna Patri
  • Bobby Patri
  • Marcel Wilson, Bionic Landscape
  • Scott Preston, AECOM Design + Planning
  • David Beaupre, Port of San Francisco