Applied Research Consortium



FAQs from Students

What degree programs do ARC fellows come from?

ARC fellows can be selected from all five departments within the College of Built Environments: Architecture, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, Real Estate, and Urban Design and Planning. Degree programs include:

Master of Architecture (M Arch)
Master of Science in Architecture (Design Computing/Design Technology)
Master of Science in Architecture (History and Theory)
Master of Science in Construction Management
Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
Master of Science in Real Estate
Master of Urban Planning (MUP)
Dual M Arch / MLA
Dual MLA / MUP
PhD in the Built Environment
PhD in Urban Design and Planning

How can I apply to become a fellow?

Any graduate student in the College of Built Environments (CBE) is eligible to be nominated. If you are a prospective student interested in participating, you should first apply to one of the graduate programs. (For information on programs, see the specific department application sites.) If you are a current CBE graduate student or have been recently accepted, please discuss the opportunity with your department chair, or a faculty member who knows you well, and ask them to nominate you.

What is the rate of pay for fellows?

ARC fellows take the lead in an applied research project at a firm, which is conducted during a paid internship. The internship is a minimum 15 hours per week, at a compensation that is negotiated between the student and the firm.

ARC fellows also receive a stipend of $3600/quarter for the quarters of the academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters) in which they are actively engaged in an ARC research project. ARC participation during summer sessions is optional and the level of engagement may vary; the summer stipend is negotiated on an individual basis.

ARC fellows also receive an exemption from the non-resident portion of tuition fees, and health insurance.

How will an ARC fellowship look on my résumé?

ARC on your resume demonstrates your ability to take the lead on an applied research project in your field and deliver professional-quality presentations and reports. It also demonstrates soft skills such as working collaboratively in teams, and keeping a long-term, multi-phased project on track.

What happens to intellectual property created during my research project?

“Intellectual Property” (or “IP”) means rights in any inventions, discoveries, patents, or works of authorship. It is unlikely that a commercializable idea will arise from your ARC research project. In the event that it does, the ARC program will work with CoMotion to form an appropriate agreement.

“Project Property” means IP arising out of and directly related to performance of the project, excluding scholarly publications, presentations, theses and dissertations. For Project Property you own personally, you hereby grant to UW and to the firm partner a paid-up, royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide right to use such Project Property for any purpose, including but not limited to the sublicensable right to make, use, sell, import, display, reproduce, create derivative works, distribute, and perform such Project Property. Excluded from this license are scholarly works for which you must assign copyright ownership to a publisher.

Note that regardless of IP ownership, the work will be cited with your authorship, with appropriate citation to the faculty advisor and firm advisor. You can use the work in your resume and your portfolio.

FAQs from Firms

What degree programs do students come from?

ARC fellows can be selected from all five departments within the College of Built Environments: Architecture, Construction Management, Landscape Architecture, Real Estate, and Urban Design and Planning. Current and former students have come from the following degree programs: [add degree programs here]

How are fellows and faculty matched with firms?

The ARC leadership team first asks the consortium member firms to propose projects that support the research interests of the firm. The team then consults with faculty and department chairs to identify graduate students who have demonstrated a passion for applied research and for the specific topic area. The students are also skilled in intercultural leadership and interdisciplinary collaboration. [how to convey that these students are the cream of the crop?] Once a tentative match is made between the firm/project/student, we identify a faculty member with expertise in the topic to serve as faculty advisor.

Because the ARC fellowship involves a paid internship at the firm, the next step requires the ARC fellow candidate to interview with the firm. Once the firm approves of the ARC fellow candidate, then the match is made official.

Who should I talk to if my firm is interested in joining ARC?

If you are interested in joining ARC, please contact Alex Haslam.

What is the required contribution for firms?

ARC firms provide a yearly gift to support the program’s students, faculty and operations; in addition, ARC firms hire the student fellows as interns during the course of the ARC project. To learn about gift levels, please contact Alex Haslam with CBE’s Office of Advancement.

What value does ARC bring to our firm that is different from hiring an intern from the College of Built Environments?

The Applied Research Consortium provides firms with a more robust research experience than a traditional internship. ARC provides the unique opportunity to engage with a community of industry peers, UW faculty, and students who learn from each other through their research projects, and co-create ideas and discussions that serve to drive the future of the built environment. Through quarterly research reviews, full access to research results, and the opportunity to shape the scholarship agenda of ARC, firms are together building the research culture of the industry in a way that singular internships cannot. Additionally, ARC fellows receive specific training in interdisciplinary collaboration and intercultural competence, and are often hired by ARC firms as they demonstrate their value and leadership through the fellowship. However, there is certainly value in bringing in a dedicated intern, depending on the goals of the firm. We are happy to talk this through with you.