Landscape Architecture

Posted December 16, 2021

The Department of Landscape Architecture Announces The McHarg Fellowship

The McHarg Fellowship is a new $75,000 award given by The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology to an emerging voice in landscape architecture and its related fields. The Fellowship will be awarded competitively on an annual basis and the fellow is expected to be in residence at Weitzman (in Philadelphia) full-time for one academic year from the beginning of the Fall semester (August) through to the end of the Spring semester (May) in the following year. 

The purpose of the Fellowship is to create a breakthrough opportunity for an emerging professional and/or academic, who would benefit most from support to conduct research, to teach, and to be mentored by faculty over the term of the fellowship. 

Of the total award, $70,000 is paid as salary to the fellow and $5,000 is awarded as a discretionary stipend for travel, research and exhibition related expenses.

The Fellowship is open internationally to landscape architects and designers from allied design professions whose work demonstrates the beginning of a critical and creative practice that is relevant to landscape architecture. Applicants from historically underrepresented groups within the discipline, or who have demonstrated a commitment to environmental and social justice issues, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Though the exact structure of the Fellowship is flexible and negotiable, it is expected that the fellow be in residence from August 15 through May 30 and undertake a combination of both teaching and research in the Weitzman School. The fellow is expected to take up a teaching role as part of a team in a core design studio in their first semester and offer an elective seminar related to their research in the second. With the remainder of their time fellows are free to conduct research and generally participate in the life of the school. The fellow will present their work in progress to the standing faculty of the department at least once during their fellowship and make a public presentation of their work in their final semester. 

All standing faculty, adjuncts, center directors and professors of practice in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Weitzman School of Design are available to mentor the fellow in regard to their teaching, research and practice.

The Department does not provide office space, a computer or specialized software or materials. Research carrels in the Fisher Fine Arts Library may be available and/or hot desks in other areas of the school. The fellow will have access to Penn libraries, the Weitzman Fabrication Lab and Architectural Archives. 

Applications must include:

  1. A current curriculum vitae. 
  2. A succinct digital portfolio of design work and/or written work. 
  3. Two references and related contact information.
  4. A 2-page or less statement explaining;
    a) why you are suited to the fellowship;
    b) how it fits within your career trajectory;
    c) where you see yourself fitting into teaching in the core curriculum;
    d) what ideas you might have for offering a seminar; what research question/topic you propose to focus on and what outcomes you expect from the fellowship.

All materials are to be submitted to Eric Baratta ( digitally by 5:00pm Monday, February 28, 2022.

Selection Process
A jury composed of members from the Weitzman Landscape Architecture standing faculty and the directors of the McHarg Center will select the fellow. The two-stage application process will identify a shortlist of three finalists, who will be interviewed by the jury. The winner will be announced in late Spring and expected to be in residence for the start of the Fall semester of the same year.