2016 Piero N. Patri Fellowship in Urban Design

SPUR is excited to issue a call for applicants for the 2016 Piero N. Patri Fellowship in Urban Design.

After nine years of successful fellowship projects, the Patri Fellowship Committee has decided to try something new for 2016, the last year for this fellowship. Unlike previous years, where the selected fellow was a student or recent graduate in urban design, architecture, landscape architecture or a related field, this year’s fellowship will be a pairing of a student with a professor in a planning, design or related field. The Patri Fellowship has always provided the opportunity for students to gain firsthand experience working on projects that have a positive impact on the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area, and this year they’ll have the opportunity to experience that role while working side-by-side with a professor.

The student and the professor do not need to be enrolled/teaching at the same university, though the hope of the Patri Fellowship Committee is that the two will already have an established academic relationship that will serve to amplify the work produced during the fellowship. Priority will be given to candidates who have a background in landscape architecture, architecture, planning and environmental design and SPUR will work with the student fellow, if desired, to enable them to obtain academic credit, if their institution allows.


The 2016 Piero N. Patri Fellowship in Urban Design Project

San Francisco’s Southeast Waterfront communities are undergoing significant change. Since the Patri Fellowship began in 2007, new communities such as Mission Bay and the San Francisco Shipyard have been built, dozens of residential developments have arisen along the Third Street corridor, the Hunters View and Alice Griffith public housing projects are being rebuilt to the highest standard and Candlestick Park has been demolished to make room for thousands of homes and hundreds of thousands of square feet for retail uses. Despite this growth, however, displacement remains a real threat and the families and neighborhoods of the Southeast Waterfront fear for their future.

In this final year of the Patri Fellowship, the fellowship pair will be tasked with documenting the changing nature of San Francisco’s Southeast Waterfront and its communities. Using the results of the previous Patri Fellowship projects, first-hand research, photography and design, the fellowship pair will weave together a narrative that spotlights the changing nature of San Francisco’s eastern neighborhoods and the role of the fellowship in designing for the future of the area. The fellowship pair will be asked to examine issues of livability, housing, transportation, open space and more, and create a document that seeks to answer the question: what lies ahead for the Southeast Waterfront and its communities?


Fellow Selection Schedule

  • Applications due via e-mail by 8 p.m. (PST), Wednesday April 13, 2016
  • Notification of fellowship winner: late April 2016
  • Start of fellowship: June 2016
  • Conclusion of fellowship: December 2016

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



$20,000 total ($10,000 allocated to the student, $10,000 allocated to the professor)


How to Apply

  • Submit applications via email to [email protected]
  • Deadline: 8 p.m. (PST), Wednesday April 13, 2016
  • Format: One PDF file (15MB 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)
    • Resumes of both the student and professor
    • Writing sample (10 pages maximum) from both the student and professor


Work Product

SPUR will publish the work resulting from the fellow's project, and the fellowship pair will present the results of the project in a public presentation. The end product will be a document delving into the past, present and future of the Southeast Waterfront and its communities, but the specific content of the document, as well as the course taken to craft that content, will be decided by the fellowship pair in conjunction with the Patri Fellowship Committee as the project unfolds.


Interested Applicants May View the Results of Past Fellowships Here:


Selection Committee

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

Download the call for submissions >>