Apply Today for the Forefront Fellowship 2017: Design for Arrival

The 2017 Forefront fellowship program is dedicated to cultivating emerging leaders in urban design, development & policy.

Each year the Forum invites 20 individuals under the age of 40 to become Forefront Fellows. Fellows meet monthly to investigate critical issues facing New York City, develop design projects and policy papers, and receive feedback from their peers and established leaders in the field.

2017 Theme 

Design for Arrival explores how urban design, development and technology can strengthen historic and emerging immigrant communities in New York City.

  • Fellows will explore key questions such as:
  • What is the role of cities in attracting and protecting new immigrant communities?
  • What innovative design solutions offer greater affordable housing for new immigrant families?
  • How can the design of the built environment foster greater immigrant entrepreneurship?
  • How can government agencies utilize technology to better serve immigrant populations?
  • How can we improve transportation networks to better connect growing neighborhoods?
  • How can we ensure equitable access to healthy parks, libraries, and other public spaces?

Who Should Apply 

Forefront Fellows are architects, landscape architects, community advocates, planners, developers, public officials, civic leaders, UX designers, scholars and journalists under the age of 40 who are advancing dynamic, equitable and resilient cities.

Meet the 2016 class of Forefront Fellows.

The Forefront initiative reflects the Forum’s commitment to promoting the achievements of traditionally underrepresented groups in planning and design; women, people of color, and professionals with experience in diverse community settings are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates for the class of 2017 must be under the age of 40 as of December 31, 2018, and live or work in the five boroughs of New York City to be considered for the Forefront Fellowship.

To receive an application, please email

Applications are due by April 14, 2017 at 5 pm.


About The Urban Design Forum

The Urban Design Forum is an independent membership organization that advances bold solutions to urban challenges. Our Fellows are architects, landscape architects, planners, developers, public officials, scholars, activists, lawyers and journalists committed to building dynamic, equitable, and resilient cities around the world.