2024 Hart Howerton Travel Fellowship Program

Hart Howerton Travel 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, the Fellowship allows the firm to offer internships in our New York or San Francisco offices to students in planning, architecture, landscape architecture or interior design. The Fellowship also provides funded travel for research on a topic the Fellow selects.

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

The benefits to Hart Howerton have 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.

Travel 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, landscape architecture and interior design.
  • 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 travel and research. The 3-week travel/research period’s findings are prepared as a report presented by the Fellow to the firm and published by Hart Howerton.

The Fellowship includes:

  • $11,000 compensation for the 11-week Fellowship office internship and travel period.
  • $6,000 Fellowship research expenses during the 3-week research period.
  • $3,000 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 15, 2024. 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 2024. 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 travelled to Europe, Eastern and South-Eastern Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and throughout the United States to study 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).

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By Lori Ferrara
Lori Ferrara Senior Administrative Assistant