Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Fellowship

2017/18 Fellowship Program | Mysterious Skin

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 15, 2017 Deadline to Receive Candidate Submissions
  • April 15, 2017 Selected Candidate Notification
  • June 1, 2017 Fellowship Begins

2017-2018 theme | Mysterious Skin Pushing the envelope on building enclosures. Building envelopes, from the humble brick wall to dynamic double-skin façades, can have huge impacts on occupant comfort, health, environmental impact and energy performance. How can we make affordable envelopes that provide daylight and views while controlling glare? How can the building envelopes of historic structures be upgraded for better performance without moisture drive endangering the very buildings we’re trying to save? How best to track the carbon impact of building envelope choices?

Who should apply

We are looking for soon-to-graduate students or recent graduates of professional programs in architecture, mechanical engineering, or building science. Applications from dual majors or those with undergraduate degrees in one discipline and master’s degrees in another discipline are encouraged. If you are an architect who thinks like a mechanical engineer, or a building science major who loves to sketch, we want to hear from you.

Fellowships are open to recent graduates or candidates currently pursuing professional degrees who have completed at least six semesters of academic coursework.


Applications are being accepted for 3-month and 12-month positions, both commencing June 1, 2017.


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:

  • Cover letter 
    • indicate whether applying for the 3-month position, the 12-month position, or either
    • provide a brief summary of an area of research interest
    • provide contact information for two personal references
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume, 5 pages max
  • Design portfolio, 10 pages max, if applicable to candidate’s background (via attachment or link to online portfolio).

Submittals must be transmitted by 5pm CST on March 15th, 2017. Please email if you encounter any issues uploading your materials.


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