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Fellowship Program

Architecture, Engineering, and Graphic Design Fellows Design Guidelines for Neighborhood Retail

Project Overview
Mayor de Blasio’s ‘Housing New York’: A Five-Borough, Ten-Year Housing Plan, calls for a holistic approach to community development that will support diverse, livable neighborhoods, including an increased emphasis on mixed-use development. Because HPD’s core competency is housing, the agency needs to build capacity in developing non-residential, ground-floor spaces in mixed-use buildings. Ground-floor space that is not thoughtfully designed to be attractive and accommodating to a wide variety of tenants may be difficult to lease, resulting in underutilized or vacant space. Underutilized space represents a missed opportunity to provide needed amenities to residents and detracts from the quality of streetscapes. The Design Trust for Public Space, in partnership with HPD, will award three fellowships for Design Guidelines for Neighborhood Retail. 

Architecture Fellow
The Architecture Fellow will be responsible for developing innovative strategies to maximize the use and flexibility of ground floor space in mixed-use affordable housing developments, as well as adjacent streetscapes. The Fellow will collaborate with the Engineering Fellow and Graphic Design Fellow in developing design guidelines and related recommendations. The Fellow will identify the critical design issues that need to be addressed in order for the space and streetscape to be most effectively used. This may include comprehensive general guidelines as well as typologically driven recommendations. Proposed solutions will be subject to realistic cost parameters and peer review. Read more

Engineering Fellow
The Engineering Fellow will be responsible for developing innovative strategies to maximize the use and flexibility of ground floor space in mixed-use affordable housing developments, as well as adjacent streetscapes. The Fellow will collaborate with the Architecture Fellow and Graphic Design Fellow in developing design guidelines and related recommendations. The Fellow will identify all the critical mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) and building systems issues that need to be addressed in order for the space and streetscape to be most effectively used. This may include comprehensive general guidelines as well as typologically driven recommendations. Proposed solutions will be subject to realistic cost parameters and peer review. Read more

Graphic Design Fellow
The Graphic Design Fellow will be responsible for developing a graphic identity system for the project, supporting the Architecture and Engineering Fellows in the visual communication of their work, contributing to the development of signage guidelines for the project, and designing the final project publication. The Fellow will be expected to collaborate closely with the full project team from the start. Candidates should have at least five years of relevant work experience and a degree in Graphic Design or a related field. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience working in architecture and the public realm and at multiple scales, ranging from book design to signage. Candidates should have significant experience in: graphically communicating complex issues for a broad public audience; working directly with and presenting to clients (public-sector clients preferred); working on collaborative projects or in teams. Read more

How to Apply
Download the full Fellows Call for more information about each position. Candidates should send a cover letter specifying the Fellowship category they are applying for, a curriculum vitae and a sample of relevant work (PDF format) to fellowship@designtrust.org. Deadline: September 15, 2014.

 HPD-HDC Housing Fellows Program  

The deadline for applying for the 2013-2015 Class of Housing Fellows has past; we are no longer accepting applications.  The next time to apply will be in the winter of 2015.   

The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) is the nation’s largest municipal housing preservation and development agency. Its mission is to promote quality housing and viable neighborhoods for New Yorkers through education, outreach, loan and development programs and enforcement of housing quality standards. It is responsible for implementing Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan to finance the construction or preservation of 165,000 units of affordable housing by the of the 2014 fiscal year. Since the plan’s inception, a total of more than 143,300 affordable homes have been created or preserved. For more information, please visit www.nyc.gov/hpd

The NYC Housing Development Corporation (HDC) provides a variety of financing programs for the creation and preservation of multi-family affordable housing throughout New York City. In partnership with the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, HDC works to implement Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan to finance the creation or preservation of 165,000 affordable housing units by the end of the 2014 fiscal year. The New York City Housing Development Corporation is rated AA by S&P and Aa2 by Moody’s. For more information, please visit www.nychdc.com

The HPD-HDC Housing Fellows Program is designed to bring talented young professionals to HPD and HDC to expose them both to the inner workings of New York City government and to the field of affordable housing, with the goal of developing the next generation of affordable housing leadership.  The Fellowship provides a forum for the exchange of fresh and current ideas with those who shape the City’s housing policy through housing- and community development-related lectures, site visits, hands-on policy work and mentoring. 

Program Description
The HPD-HDC Housing Fellowship is a two-year program, and individuals who are selected to join the program make a two year commitment.  Each class of Fellows is chosen following a national search.  Fellows must be recent graduates of schools of public policy, urban studies, planning, management, law or a related field.  In the first year, Housing Fellows rotate through three four-month placements, learning firsthand about HPD’s efforts to revitalize New York City’s neighborhoods through financing, including tax-exempt and taxable bonds; new construction; rehabilitation; code enforcement; housing litigation; outreach and loans to private owners.  In the second year, Fellows expand their time in a specific program area to encourage further growth by choosing two half-year or one full-year placement.  In addition to their work experiences, Fellows participate in site visits to developments across the City; meet with housing leaders in government, business, nonprofit organizations and academia; accompany HPD housing inspectors investigating complaints in the field; and participate in conferences, among other activities.  At the end of the two year period, Fellows either secure positions within HPD or HDC or move on to continue working in the field at other agencies or organizations.  Please note that neither HPD nor HDC can promise permanent employment at the end of the program.

Requirements
Applicant must be a recent graduate with a master’s or law degree, and have good writing, analytical, and interpersonal skills.  Demonstrated interest in government and housing is preferred, as is experience and/or course work in finance.  [Note that we can only hire American citizens or green-card holders; also, we do not reimburse for relocation costs.]  Selected applicants must become residents of New York City within ninety days following the start of employment. 

Salary & Benefits
The salary range for the Fellows is approximately $50,000 to $60,000 depending on years and kind of previous work experience.  Health care benefits begin three months after the start of employment. 

How to Apply
The next time to apply for the Housing Fellows Program will be in February 2015.  Please check this page in December 2014-January 2015 for more information.

Need Additional Information?

Fellowship Coordinator
NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development
100 Gold Street, Room 5-B2
New York, NY  10038

ph: 212-863-8002
e-mail: housingfellows@hpd.nyc.gov




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