New City Critics Fellowship – New York City metropolitan area

Urban Design Forum and The Architectural League of New York are excited to welcome applications for a new cycle of New City Critics.

New City Critics empowers new, fearless and diverse voices to challenge the ways we understand, design and build our cities. The fellowship supports the development of critics from underrepresented backgrounds through guest lectures and workshops, research guidance, networking, and production of new critical writing projects on a dedicated platform. We aim to build a cohort of six individuals who will lean on each other’s curiosities and grow together.

Learn more at our info session on May 30 and apply by June 20.

Who Should Apply?
New City Critics is intended for people who do not see themselves or their experiences reflected in the fields of criticism, urbanism and design today. We welcome applications from early- to mid-career writers or urbanists deeply committed to making cities legible to broad audiences.

Fellows will meet twice each month to develop a specific critical skill and new written work. Modules will focus on reading critical texts on the city, writing about urban places and projects, writing with and about actors in citymaking, and reviewing texts, objects, and events. Applicants must live or work in the New York City metropolitan area for the duration of the program to be considered. Fellows will be awarded a stipend of $7,500 for participation in the 9-month fellowship.

If you have any questions regarding New City Critics, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Guillermo Gomez at with “New City Critics” in the subject line.

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