The John Belle Travel Fellowship is a $10,000 annual award by the Beyer Blinder Belle Foundation for students and recent graduates in Architecture, Historic Preservation or Urban Design, for the study of the public realm in existing urban centers.
The fellowship was established in honor of John Belle, who devoted his career to the planning, design and restoration of public buildings and urban centers. Application is open to students in their final year of a professional degree program or recent graduates (within two years) from universities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, with accredited degree programs in Architecture, Historic Preservation or Urban Design.
Applicants will submit a portfolio of their work, a research/study proposal and a travel itinerary. A multi-disciplinary jury will be led by members of the Beyer Blinder Belle Foundation. Selected Fellows will be required to submit a report at the completion of their study.
John Belle, a founding partner of Beyer Blinder Belle, was dedicated to social and cultural responsibility through architecture. This viewpoint was solidified early on for John as an architectural student in London while working on a project in the coal mines of Wales. There, John made the connection between the fabric of a community and the impact that an architect could have on its preservation and growth, as well as the day-to-day lives of people.
Beyer Blinder Belle was founded in 1968 in the wake of the urban renewal movement in the United States, when the social fabric of cities, communities, and buildings was compromised by the prevailing attitudes about planning and architecture. The firm pioneered and defined a different approach to the design of the built environment that focused on architecture empowering people—their interaction with each other on streets and in neighborhoods, their pleasure in moving through the city, and their connections to the surrounding physical fabric.
The Beyer Blinder Belle Foundation seeks to further this mission outside its professional services practice through annual grants, lectures, symposiums, and publications.
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