Current Fellow

Gretchen Harrison

Gretchen Harrison is a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign pursuing a master’s degree in Urban Planning with a concentration in Community Development for Social Justice. As an emerging planner, Gretchen is interested in exploring how community-led preservation interventions can strengthen our collective sense of place and belonging, and expand awareness of our nation’s shared, complex history.

As a Division Fellow, Gretchen hopes to further explore the potential of preservation and urban design in promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion goals, through research and collaboration.

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Current Fellow

Franny McLarty

Franny McLarty is completing her final year as an Urban Planning and Sustainable Development major with a specialization in food systems at Western Washington University. Franny is inspired by cities as powerful spaces to embody stories of the past and the future, to make people feel alive, and to sustain collective human energy. She is especially interested in food as a tangible connector of human and ecological systems and as a representation of many life-sustaining and joyous processes from growing seeds, to knowing soil, to cooking.

As a student and Division Fellow, Franny aims to begin a career in urban planning with an open mind and an eagerness to be a life-long learner. As a skateboarder, she enjoys exploring urban spaces and asking questions about who has been allowed to use certain spaces and why, and how we can use urban spaces creatively.

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Program Goal

Our goal is to promote interest and career development for emerging professionals in the fields of urban planning, design and preservation by providing an opportunity to network with senior leadership professionals and contribute to Division outreach activities.

Program Basics (Updated for Summer 2021)

  • A student fellowship will be offered this summer through a partnership between the Urban Design & Preservation Division and Youth Engagement Planning (YEP!) (July-August 2021).
  • The fellow will be paid up to $1,200 (as long as expected hours are met) and will be highlighted in our Division Newsletter and on our Division's website.


  • Applicant must be a recent graduate or student in a field related to Urban Design or Preservation (e.g., planning, historic preservation, architecture, etc.)
  • Applicant must be a member of the APA's Urban Design and Preservation Division (or become a member prior to beginning the fellowship)
  • Applicant must be able to commit an average of 5-10 hours a week to fellowship work (up to 60 hours for 8 weeks)

Potential Tasks and Responsibilities

Applicant must be able to work independently after given basic guidance on tasks.

  • Bring your creativity to the next stage of development for a 9-week "Junior Planner" curriculum for 5th - 8th graders. This would include creating videos, layout, and graphic design.
  • Work with Division Leadership on updates to the Urban Design & Preservation Division's newsletter, social media channels, and website.

Application Requirements

  • Resume
  • Personal statement (max. 250 words) - Outline your academic focus, your interest in urban design/preservation, and your reasons for wanting to work with the Urban Design & Preservation Division
  • Portfolio - Show us your experience with graphic design related to community engagement and marketing efforts. This could include links to websites or videos.
  • Letter from your school (or other official documentation such as an email from your department chair or department academic advisor) confirming you will be enrolled in a planning-related program in academic year 2021-2022 or graduated in 2021. The letter or official confirmation must be received no later than June 30, 2021, and prior to being selected for the fellowship. (Note: submit other application materials by June 30, 2021.)

Application materials should be sent in one email message to Lauren Trice, Immediate Past Chair, by June 30, 2021.

About the Program

The intent of the UDP Fellowship Program is to foster increased interest in the study of, and specialization in, urban design and historic preservation, and the interrelationship between these two areas of planning at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels.

Up to two paid fellowships are awarded annually. The term of the fellowship may span anywhere from six months to one year and will include approximately 80 work hours. The fellow will receive a stipend commensurate to the agreed-upon work hours. Fellows conduct their fellowship duties remotely, and report directly to the Division's Executive Committee.