The Center for the Living City established the Jacobs Fellowship Program in 2006, in honor of Jane Jacobs. This inaugural fellowship was funded through a generous grant from Deutsche Bank. 

The Jane Jacobs Fellowships are created for individuals to engage in city-building processes of critical importance in maintaining or regaining the strength and resilience of cities. Fellowships occur across disciplines and address the complex, interconnected problems facing cities throughout the world.  

2018 Fellowships



Abinaya is a passionate urbanist with a keen interest in creating people centric cities. She received a Masters degree in Urban and regional planning from the University of Tours, France and Bachelors in Architecture from SRM University, India. Currently, she is a senior associate at Urban Design Collective based in Chennai.

Abinaya strongly believes that collaborative and participatory methods play a major role in the creation of sustainable and lively cities. Over the past three years, she has worked with several local communities, institutions and organizations in a multitude of projects that hinge on public awareness and participation, data based sustainable city development and art in the city building process.  


2017 Fellowships


observe! Program

Ford Foundation


Kat Nix graduated from the University of Utah in May of 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Urban Ecology and a minor in Multidisciplinary Design. For the last four years, she has worked with at-risk Latinx youth in the Salt Lake Valley through the University of Utah’s College of Social Work. She loves working with youth and ispassionate about creating equal opportunities for marginalized populations. She deeply believes creative placemaking, social and environmental diversity, unencumbered play and observation are key to vibrant communities. Kat is excited to be working with the Center of the Living City to help young womxn and girls around the globe to claim their voices and create meaningful change in their communities.

farms in the sky

401 Richmond


Lauren Brown is a Jane Jacobs Fellow with the Center for the Living City focusing on urban agriculture and the benefits, impacts and efficacy of rooftop agriculture. She will be designing and building a case study in partnership with UrbanSpace at 401 Richmond Street West, a restored, heritage-designated, industrial building turned arts-and-culture hub in downtown Toronto. Lauren is passionate about doing applied research around environmental and climate justice, particularly related to urban food system vulnerability. After finishing a Masters in City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah in 2010, she spent the last six years working on environmental and food justice projects in Salt Lake City, Guatemala, and Brooklyn. She recently completed a Fulbright grant in Mauritius working on community based mapping around climate change and the felt impacts of climate change. 

Read about Lauren's project on her blog.

Previous Fellowship Recipients

Ben GauslinJacobs Fellow 2006, City as an organic, urban artifactMr. Gauslin devoted one full year working with housing authorities in New Orleans on affordable housing and neighborhood development efforts in low-income neighborhoods. A graduate of Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Mr. Gauslin worked alongside housing authorities on building and site inspections, developing preliminary designs and budgets for housing and commercial revitalization projects and the development of a pattern book for housing rehabilitation in the New Orleans East neighborhoods.