From left: Eve Klein, Luisa Santos, and Nyree Ramsey at the El-Space Forum. Photo: Sam Lahoz

The Design Trust Equitable Public Space Fellowship Program, established in 2016, supports the next generation of urban designers, architects, landscape architects, and planners in contributing to complex public space challenges in our global city. 

As we surveyed the representation of minority groups in the design profession and the growing diversity of NYC’s neighborhoods, we recognized the need to reflect the people we serve.

Every year, Design Trust selects a promising emerging professional whose life and work experience would contribute significantly to the design expertise and design thinking in our work with community-based organizations and public agencies. We seek candidates from historically marginalized groups and underrepresented perspectives who are curious, driven, and passionate about NYC’s shared spaces and transforming the city’s landscape.

The Fellow joins the Design Trust team as a full-time paid staff member for an intensive one-year fellowship, and become a part of the Design Trust community, interact with project fellows, partners, and collaborators.

See our Fellowship Calls for further information: 202120202018, 2017, 2016.


The Design Trust Equitable Public Space Fellowship Program support is provided in part by the New York State Council on the Arts

I felt that urban planning would actually be an interesting way to pursue [my interests] because it would be learning the structures, how to affect the structures that allow for people to come together.