Getty Conservation Institute Professional Fellow, Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative

The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) Professional Fellowship is a three-year program designed to provide in-depth opportunities for practitioners to build and strengthen their skills and experience as conservation professionals, while working under the guidance of experienced GCI staff.

The 2017–2020 fellow in the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI) will work closely with architects, engineers, conservators and scientists as an integral part of this GCI initiative to advance the practice of conserving twentieth-century heritage, with a focus on modern architecture. CMAI is organized around five areas of work that respond to critical conservation challenges as identified by the GCI during the first phase of the work: engaging with and supporting the profession; model field projects; historical, methodological and scientific research; production and dissemination of key texts and resources; and education and training.

Major Job Responsibilities:

The fellow will assist the CMAI project manager in a variety of activities including: design and implementation of field projects, carrying out investigation, recording project development and conservation approaches and treatments. She or he will: provide professional conservation experience and expertise to assist in carrying out conservation projects including historical, scientific research and methodological research; write internal reports and other documents related to the projects.

The fellow’s research outcomes will be disseminated through publications and conference presentations. Professional development will be encouraged and assisted through participation in professional meetings, conferences or workshops.


Applicants should have a graduate degree in architecture, engineering, or other relevant discipline, post graduate degree in cultural heritage conservation, and 3–5 years of work experience in the cultural heritage conservation field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Must be able to demonstrate past experience working on architectural conservation projects that include documentation, assessments, and the development of conservation projects. Candidate must be familiar with sound conservation methodology and good practices. Technical knowledge and experience is also required, including an understanding of acceptable material conservation techniques. Some demonstrated experience working with twentieth-century/modern heritage is required. Excellent interpersonal and verbal skills and the ability to work in small interdisciplinary groups is required. Excellent writing skills and the ability to contribute to and to write reports and papers is needed. Working knowledge of the Adobe software suite is required. Also, capacity in InDesign and AutoCAD is preferred. Good organizational and time management skills is required. Must be available for some international and national travel. Fluency in English is required and additional languages are preferred.

The fellowship runs from approximately June 2017 to May 2020. An excellent benefits package and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be provided.

All interested applicants must apply for this job online HERE.

Required Documents:

Statement of Interest

Each application must include a statement of interest (not to exceed two pages, typed and double-spaced).

Doctoral Dissertation Plan or Abstract (if applicable)

Curriculum Vitae

Writing Sample

Each applicant must submit one writing sample of not more than 15 pages.

Confirmation Letter
Applicants must submit confirmation from their academic institution that their graduate degrees have been awarded (please do not send by mail).


Completed application materials must be received on or before January 31, 2017.

If you have specific questions about the GCI Professional Fellowship, please email