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Fitch Charitable Foundation Invites Applications From Mid-Career Professionals in Preservation/Architecture
James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation

The James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for the James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship, the Samuel H. Kress Mid-Career Fellowship, and the biennial Richard L. Blinder Award.

1) The James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship: Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to one or two mid-career professionals who have an academic background, professional experience, and an established identity in one or more of the following: historic preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, environmental planning, architectural history, and/or the decorative arts. The foundation will consider proposals for the research and/or execution of preservation-related projects in any of these fields.

2) The Samuel H. Kress Mid-Career Fellow: Research grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to one mid-career professional whose research project, in the context of historic preservation in the United States, relates to the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study, and teaching of European art, architecture, and related disciplines, from antiquity to the early 19th century. Potential Kress Fellow projects could include the exploration of shared European and American influences in style, design, materials, construction techniques, building types, conservation, and interpretation methodologies; philosophical and theoretical attitudes; and other factors applicable to architectural preservation in both Europe and America.

3) The Richard L. Blinder Award: An award of up to $15,000 will be presented to an architect holding a professional degree or a valid license to practice architecture for a proposal exploring the preservation of an existing structure, complex of buildings, or genre of building type through addition, renovation, or other means. The proposal may focus on a real project, or it may be a polemical exercise; in either case, originality is highly valued. The proposal must advance architectural preservation in the United States.

Projects will be evaluated based on a range of criteria, including the potential for the project to make a meaningful contribution to the academic and/or professional field of historic preservation in the United States and the innovativeness and creativity of the planned project.

Grants are awarded only to individuals. The foundation does not fund university-sponsored research projects or dissertation research. Applicants must be mid-career professionals with at least ten years’ experience in historic preservation or related fields, including architecture, landscape architecture, architectural conservation, urban design, environmental planning, archaeology, architectural history, and the decorative arts. In addition, applicants must be legal residents or citizens of the United States.

Visit the Fitch Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Deadline: 10-15-2015

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