Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Announces 2012 Fellowship in Landscape Studies

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is seeking a talented landscape designer to hold the inaugural Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Fellowship in Landscape Studies in 2012. The biennial three-month residential fellowship will recognize emerging design talent and focus on the role of landscape design in the contemporary city. The Fellowship will offer designers peer-reviewed recognition of design innovation and a supportive environment to develop the disciplinary and professional capacity for sustained inquiry into topics of contemporary urban landscape.

“The rich cultural, artistic and academic setting offered by the Museum and the Boston area has long been a source of inspiration,” said Anne Hawley, Norma Jean Calderwood Director of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. “The Landscape Fellowship represents a singular opportunity for exploration and interaction with a vibrant landscape community.”

Charles Waldheim, principal of Charles Waldheim/Urban Agency, and Consulting Curator of Landscape at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum says the ideal candidate will be an emerging design student whose work articulates the potential for landscape as a medium of design in the public realm.

“We want to recognize and foster emerging design talent in landscape from across the design disciplines,” Waldheim said. “We seek applicants whose work embodies the potential for landscape as a medium of public works in the contemporary city.”

The Museum invites applications from talented designers at or near the beginning of their careers in a range of disciplines, who are working on the design of public landscapes. Landscape architects and designers from a range of design professions will be considered including architecture, engineering, urban design and planning, as well as horticultural and garden arts candidates who can demonstrate a significant engagement with the landscape medium.

A jury comprised of international figures in landscape architecture and allied design disciplines will judge the competition. A short-list of five finalists will be invited to interview with the jury which will recommend a winner and runner-up to be announced in February 2012. The selected candidate will receive a residency from June 1, 2012 to August 31, 2012 including a monthly stipend of $5000 and an apartment/studio space in the new museum wing designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano.

For more information and instructions on how to nominate candidates or apply for the 2012 Gardner Museum Fellowship in Landscape Studies, please visit the Fellowship webpage at

The Fellowship Jury is comprised of: Julie Bargmann, University of Virginia; Alan Berger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Anita Berrizbeitia, Harvard University; Julia Czerniak, Syracuse University; Walter Hood, University of California, Berkeley; Anuradha Mathur, University of Pennsylvania; Jane Wolff, University of Toronto; and Charles Waldheim, Charles Waldheim/Urban Agency, Consulting Curator of Landscape, ISGM.

The deadline for receipt of applications is December 15, 2011, and finalists will be announced on January 19, 2012. Finalist interviews and jury selection takes place from February 2-4, 2012, and the Gardner Museum Fellow will be announced on February 9, 2012.