Building Project Fellow – Yale School of Architecture
Mentor: Jill Westgard, Director of Development and Alumni Relations
GSAS Professional Experience (GPE) Fellowship applications for the Fall 2021 Term are now open! GPE Fellowships are an opportunity for Ph.D. students to gain professional experience and develop transferable skills by working on meaningful projects in administrative offices across the university.
Yale School of Architecture (YSoA)
The Yale School of Architecture (YSoA) seeks a Yale Graduate School student to collect first-hand accounts of the origins of the Building Project, a signature program at YSoA now in its 54th year.
The late Charles W. Moore, who headed Yale’s Department of Architecture (later the School of Architecture) from 1965 to 1971, founded the First-year Building Project in collaboration with faculty member Kent Bloomer. Moore saw that getting out of the studio and building something would have several benefits for the students. As a believer in simple tectonics and basic technologies, he hoped students would be inspired by the mechanics of building. In the midst of the student unrest of the 1960s he saw the project as a way for students to commit to positive social action by building for the poor.
This generation of alumni, now in their 70s and 80s, hold unique first-hand accounts of the experience as well as stories about how it impacted their professional and personal lives. Collecting stories from members of the classes of 1965-1972 will provide important historical information before it is too late.
The person hired for this project will be responsible for contacting the alumni and soliciting their participation. Interview format and information solicitation will be at the discretion of this person. There are approximately 200 alumni who might participate. Some classes have already begun collecting stories and the Graduate employee will review the existing content and determine what, if any, additional context is needed.
The Graduate employee will work with the Director of Development and Alumni Relations. Together they will strategize and prioritize the tasks for this project. They will also determine the format for the data and stories collected with thoughts on what the end-product will be – whether web based or print format or both.
Required Background and Preferred Qualifications
The Graduate employee should be self-motivated and organized. They will have a flexible schedule to accommodate their other responsibilities as well as the scheduling of alumni conversations. They should be comfortable interviewing people and have written and digital skills for the recording of the stories. They will have an end-product to include in their CV. As the work is done in the fall semester, it will be determined if there is sufficient need for a continuation into the spring.
- May 24, 2021 – June 11, 2021: Weekly GPE Info Sessions
- June 11, 2021: Applications deadline (11:59pm ET). Please submit a resume and a cover letter customized to this fellowship
- July 16, 2021: Interview and award notification to selected fellows
- August 16, 2021 – August 27th, 2021: New fellows on-boarding
- August 30, 2021 – Suggested fellowship start date
Note – Positions with limited applicants may have deadlines extended by 3 weeks to July 2, 2021.
- Eligibility: Fellows must be currently matriculated, Yale doctoral students in years 1-6* of their studies during the fellowship.
- Term: Fellows work at a Yale host organization under the guidance of the host mentor for 5-7 hours per week over the course of 13-15 weeks during the 2021 Fall Term
- Stipend: Fellows will receive $1,500 for Fall 2021 fellowships.
- Please note: The GPE Fellowship does not count towards the fulfillment of your teaching requirement. For more information on teaching requirements, please see the GSAS website.
- International students should consult with your OISS advisor to confirm eligibility.
* 7th-year students with COVID-related funding extensions from GSAS are eligible to apply.