Fellowship in Race and Gender in the Built Environment of the American City

University of Texas Austin School of Architecture


Cities are complex built environments that integrate the physical, natural, and social worlds of human settlement. The discovery of new solutions to address our most pressing needs and challenges with regard to cities is rooted in the presence of and engagement between residents with diverse knowledge, abilities, and experiences. At the same time, the legacy of slavery, a prolonged history of social segregation, and the economic and political disenfranchisement of under-represented and marginalized constituencies continues to undermine the power of urban diversity. Although much has been done to address the negative aspects of this history, much more needs to be done to make American cities more equitable, healthy, fair, safe and beautiful.

Established in Fall 2016, the Race and Gender in the Built Environment of the American City initiative at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture (UTSOA) endows an Emerging Scholar Fellowship position, the purpose of which is to support the development of future scholars whose work centers on the relationships and intersections between race, gender, and the built environment in the fields represented within UTSOA. While the Fellow will directly contribute to a discipline(s) in the School of Architecture (Architecture, Community and Regional Planning, Architectural History, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Sustainable Design, and Interior Design), they may also engage scholars across campus in programs, departments, and centers such as American Studies, African and African Diaspora Studies, the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis, the Warfield Center, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. An engagement that would be in opportunistic support of their scholarship and teaching.

For the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years, the School of Architecture is seeking a Fellow who is addressing issues of race or gender in the built environment through either current research and/or creative design practice. The two-year fellowship will accommodate two courses over the Fall and Spring semesters (a topical seminar one semester and either a studio course or a required non-studio course in the other, in each academic year) both related to the candidate’s area of interest. Teaching responsibilities may involve both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Additionally, the desire is to publicly share the outcome of the fellowship with UTSOA (through lectures, gallery talks, etc.).

The successful candidate will hold a professional degree complemented by evidence of current research and/or creative practice that demonstrates a rigorous pursuit of issues associated with race and/or gender in the U.S. built environment.


The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest and most highly regarded public universities in the United States. The School of Architecture offers post-professional and research degree programs in Sustainable Design, Urban Design, Historic Preservation, and Architectural History, in addition to professionally accredited degree and post-professional degree programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Community and Regional Planning, and Interior Design. The School is organized to support interdisciplinary education and has established strong collaborations and new initiatives that engage planning and design issues in Mexico and Latin America. It has recently undertaken an initiative on Race, Gender, and the Built Environment to advance scholarship and teaching on topics related to equity in American urban areas. For additional information about the School of Architecture, its programs, and its people, please visit the website: www.soa.utexas.edu.

The University of Texas at Austin benefits, as does the School of Architecture, from the thriving situation of the city of Austin, which is the 11th most populous city in the US and is rapidly expanding. It is positioned in the growing mega-region of Austin-Dallas-Houston, and partakes of the rich borderland culture between Mexico and the United States.

Application Instructions

To be considered for the Race and Gender in the Built Environment of the American City Fellowship, please submit the following materials through Interfolio:

  1. A statement of interest describing your research and teaching objectives for the fellowship
  2. A current CV
  3. A PDF portfolio of research and/or creative work no longer than 20 pages
  4. Contact information for three references

All materials must be submitted through Interfolio.