Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Fellowship

2018/19 Fellowship Program | Sound and Vision

Eskew+Dumez+Ripple is a design firm with an international practice but with deep roots in its home city of New Orleans. Winner of the 2014 AIA Firm Award, our built work has been honored by over 100 local, regional, national, and international awards for design excellence and environmental performance. We invest heavily in our community and in research.

The EDR Research Fellowship program allows talented individuals—typically recent graduates of design professional educational programs—to explore fundamental questions around the development of better buildings and cities while embedded in a firm committed to excellence in design and performance.  Each year, EDR Research Fellows are challenged to focus on a particular area of inquiry, unconstrained by day-to-day project deliverables, but with the opportunity to interact with and affect the course of ongoing work.  They are also required to share what they have learned with the firm and with the profession nationally through publications and conference presentations.

Previous years have focused on topics of building performance, resilience, community engagement, and health in the built environment.  An overview of recent work is available at 

Application Timeline:

  • March 23, 2018 Deadline to Receive Candidate Submissions
  • April 6, 2018 Selected Candidate Notification
  • June 4, 2018 (or thereafter) Fellowship Begins

2018-2019 theme | Sound and Vision The architecture of hearing and sight. Our experience of the world inside is shaped by the choices made by designers that reflect, absorb, shape, and color waves of sound and light. This sculpting of sound and light affects not just our perception of space or enjoyment of art, but also the health and productivity of those who live and work in buildings. New results in the connections between visual, acoustic, and neurobiological sciences are transforming architectural practice. We now know that good seeing is much more than a matter of mere footcandles, and good hearing is more complex than simple decibels. Sound and vision are too important to be left to the engineers.

Key questions for potential inquiry include, but are not limited to:

  • Circadian visual response and the impact of both daylight and electric light spectra on human alertness, sleep cycles, and health
  • Interactions between daylighting strategies, glare, electronic displays, and the ability to read integrating simulation and measurements with neuroscience
  • Biophilia—the impact of the sight or sounds of elements of the natural world on human mental or emotional well-being
  • Strategies and material systems to improve acoustical performance of open-office environments informed by neuroscience
  • Electronically constructed or electronically enhanced sonic environments, including performing arts venues

By advancing applied research in the setting of a leading architectural design practice, EDR Research Fellows have the opportunity to test out their ideas by plugging in to ongoing projects. Fellows are expected to work under their own direction, with the opportunity to both mentor and be mentored. Fellows are also expected to communicate their findings to the firm and to the profession through internal and conference presentations as well as publications and social media.

Who should apply

The EDR Research Fellowship is open to recent graduates or candidates approaching graduation n in relevant fields; this could include architecture, engineering, or the physical or biological sciences. Previous Fellows have pursued degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, and Civil Engineering. 


The standard Fellowship duration is 12 months, typically commencing in June. In exceptional cases we may award a 3-month Fellowship to a second candidate. Candidates seeking either are encouraged to apply.


Research Fellows are fully compensated full-time fixed-term employees at industry-competitive salaries and benefits.


Applicants who are not US citizens or permanent residents need to possess valid visas for the period of their proposed fellowship.

Application Guidelines Candidates are asked to submit the following, as one PDF (<5MB), paginated in the following order:

  • A CV (not to exceed 2 pages)
  • A personal statement, up to 500 words, which may include a description of research topics of interest including a potential outline of research approach identifying key questions, citations of important books or articles
  • An example of original work in PDF format, not to exceed 10 pages. This may take the form of a design portfolio or excerpt of research work. (via attachment or link to online portfolio).
  • Contact information for 3 individuals who can attest to the applicant’s skills and passion

Submittals must be transmitted by 5pm CST on March 23th, 2018. Please email if you encounter any issues uploading your materials.


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