Fellowship

Latin America

Unearthing Futures

Empowering Students to Bridge Education and the Practice of Sustainable Construction - Mexico City, Mexico - January 13-24, 2025

This in-person intensive two-week course at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), facilitated by Gabriela Carrillo and José Gabriel Amozurrutia Cortés,  seeks to foster a curiosity and solutions-driven mindset through a series of actions – open dialogue, consultation, exploration, and reflection – and to create a dynamic feedback loop that leads to transferable and scalable outcomes.

Unearthing Futures

Mexico City, Mexico - January 13-24, 2025

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    Fellowship Latin America

    Unearthing futures: Empowering students to bridge education and the practice of sustainable construction.

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    Fellowship Latin America

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    Fellowship Latin America

    Unearthing futures: Empowering students to bridge education and the practice of sustainable construction.

The UNAM School of Architecture will host the second cohort of the Holcim Foundation Fellowship in January 2025, open to candidates based in Latin America. Students will come to the campus of UNAM to work with instructors and practitioners, observe, analyze, question, propose and design interdisciplinary strategies for transforming the mechanisms that afflict the socio-environmental state of Latin American cities.

Fellows will also visit case study projects in Mexico City to meet practicing professionals and learn from presentations about the innovative leadership work of their firms. They will produce final projects that will be documented in a digital publication that will become a reference for future students and professionals worldwide.

Upon completion of the program, selected Fellows will be chosen to take part in the next step of the journey - the Holcim Foundation Emerging ChangeMakers.

Note: The primary language of instruction/discussion for the Fellowship Latin America will be Spanish.

Who is eligible?

Applications are open to current final year or recently graduated students of a professional degree program (including Master’s students) in the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Historic Preservation, Structural/Civil/Construction Engineering and Real Estate Development – at any university in Latin America.

Fellowship objectives

  • Expose final year professional degree students within the built environment to realities of practice on building sites and the end-user’s experience – bridging the gaps between academia, the profession and society.
  • Foster the adoption of a humble posture of learning among professionals and students as a way to close the knowledge and execution gap.
  • Empower students by equipping them with the skills required to succeed as catalysts for industry transformation in their studies and future careers.
  • Support career development, continued learning, mentorship, and collaboration through future participation in Holcim Foundation international programs, events and networking opportunities.

Fellowship format and program

  • 20 candidates from across Latin America will be selected as Holcim Foundation Fellows to take part in this unique program – January 13-24, 2025 – at UNAM in Mexico City.
  • Participants will engage in focused lectures, discussions and talks on relevant themes, led by the UNAM School of Architecture’s faculty and other guest interdisciplinary experts, lecturers and building industry practitioners.
  • Site visits of real projects will provide an immersive experience, exploring user needs, planning requirements and innovative construction methodologies, in collaboration with JSa, Locus, Riparia and Taller Capital.
  • Learnings will be shared in discussions with professionals aligned with Holcim Foundation’s goals and principles.
  • Selected participants will embark on the next phase of the journey as a Holcim Foundation Emerging ChangeMaker and open the door to a transformative experience that could shape their future and contribute to the transformation of the industry.

Why apply?

  • Boost your career by being one of 20 students taking part in this unique program with some of Mexico’s leading design firms
  • Be part of a global network of Holcim Foundation Fellows selected for their commitment to shaping the future of sustainable construction
  • Participants selected for the Fellowship will be provided with housing and travel assistance for the duration of the program and receive full tuition for the course
  • Take part in site visits and discussions of real projects with collaborating firms, and engage in focused lectures and talks on relevant themes led by Gabriela Carrillo and José Gabriel Amozurrutia Cortés.
  • Present your findings to a group of industry experts and to your peers at the concluding panel event
  • Have the opportunity to be selected as a Holcim Foundation Emerging ChangeMaker at the conclusion of the Fellowship and continue on your journey at the 2025 Emerging ChangeMakers Retreat
  • Have continued opportunities to grow in your career and expand your network by access to the Holcim Foundation’s international array of professionals and academic institutions

Partnering Firms

Site visits of real projects will provide an immersive experience, exploring user needs, planning requirements and innovative construction methodologies, in collaboration with JSa, Locus, Riparia and Taller Capital.

How to apply

Students are selected using the following academic/merit and interpersonal criteria (in English or Spanish):

2-minute video

  • Introduce yourself, your motivations and why you would like to take part in the Holcim Foundation Fellowship
  • Be as creative, artistic, serious or oratorical as you wish, but make sure your face is visible while you speak for at least half of the video
  • Note the video size limit of 100 MB

800-word reflection paper covering the following themes

  • The reasons for self-leadership and collaboration within future careers
  • Value of contextual learning for reaching Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the construction industry

Student portfolio

  • No longer than 4 slides/pages
  • The applicant’s academic program relevance will be taken into consideration

2 letters of recommendation

  • One academic reference and one reference from either an academic or professional source
  • Please ask your referees to describe you along these points: i) Intellectual and critical thinking skills; ii) Design skills related to applicant's discipline; iii) Collaborative spirit and sense of empathy; and iv) Curiosity and humble posture of learning. Please ask your referees to include your last name followed by first name in the email subject.

Program aspires to appoint a cohort of Fellows from a variety of backgrounds.

20 students will be selected from across Latin America by the UNAM School of Architecture.

Deadline for application is July 7, 2024


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