The Civita Institute exists to inspire and promote design excellence through education and cultural exchange between the United States and Italy.


Fellowships 2017 - Application Deadline January 15

Call for 2017 Fellowships

Join us to this year's Fundraising gala event to learn more about our Fellowships, Residencies and the new Dennis Tate Memorial Fellowship. The Civita Institute offers Fellowships and Residency Programs in the Italian hill town of Civita di Bagnoregio.

Application Fellowships starts: Third week of October 2016.

Application Fellowships due: January 15, 2017 - Apply Now

Application Fellowships Fee: $45.

The application fee is waived for those applicants purchasing tickets for our annual fundraising event to be held in November, 2016. (Please see Fundraising Gala above and please keep receipt)

Our fellowships are open to architects, planners, designers, artists, writers and other arts professionals practicing in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho and the province of British Columbia. Civita Institute fellowships provide an opportunity for recipients to explore projects of their choosing in a highly unique setting, far from routine obligations. Our primary requirement is that these projects be consistent with the Civita Institute’s philosophy and mission. All recipients are expected to return to the Pacific NW upon completion of the fellowship and share their finding with the Civita Institute. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to apply.

The Civita Institute Northeast Chapter offers additional Fellowships in their region.

The Dennis Tate Memorial Fellowship (New)

New for 2017 is The Dennis Tate Memorial Fellowship. It was established by family and friends of Dennis Tate a Seattle architect and urban planner who passed away in 2015. Dennis moved to Seattle in 1975 to study at the University of Washington. His studies included participation in the Architecture in Rome program under Professor Astra Zarina. After working as a Senior Planner at NBBJ, he established Dennis Tate Associates in 1992, specializing in community planning and urban design projects. He returned to Italy in 2002 to teach sketching to Astra’s Italian Hill Towns students.

The Dennis Tate Memorial Fellowship includes lodging for one month at the Civita Institute and a $750 stipend. Recipients are responsible for travel expenses as well as any additional financial support needed. Applicants must have completed two years of work in their field. The Civita Institute thanks Rose Mary Tate and Michael Tate for their generous donation of Dennis’ extensive collection of art and artifacts.


Stephanie Bower's 2017 Draw Civita Programs

The Civita Institute is excited to announce that we are collaborating with renowned architectural illustrator and author Stephanie Bower for the fourth year in a row on her “Draw Civita” architectural sketching workshops held at our facilities in the ancient hill town of Civita di Bagnoregio in central Italy.  Please see workshop flyer for more information and details about this exciting program.

Stephanie Bowers 2017 Draw Civita Programs Flyer

2016 Civita Institute Fundraising Gala Caccia al Tesoro






Fellow Stephanie Bower's "A Walking Guide to the Architecture of Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy" is available for download by clicking here.


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEW FELLOWS:  2016 Astra Zarina Fellow:  Robert Campbell; 2016 Civita Institute Fellows:  Trish Borden and Katherine Wright


WATCH the PBS NewsHour “Culture at Risk” episode featuring Civita we helped arrange and which aired October 27:  Be patient with the intro ad...


Please join our Family!  Become a Member, Fellow, Resident, Educational Program leader or student, Chapter, Sponsor, Board Director, or otherwise work with us to figure out your role in this fantastic adventure of saving an ancient hill town in old Italia.  It is imperative we get as many people as possible to go live in and experience this town and return home to share and live what they learned. We have the houses perched on the cliff. Do you have a vision? We invite you to join us.  Check out:  Civita di Bagnoregio.





From Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association, by Rita Cipalla  

"Civita di Bagnoregio is one of the most beautiful hill towns in Italy. Located about 60 miles north of Rome, this stunning gem has escaped the modern age mostly because of its topography. Its buildings, public spaces and overall ambience retain much of their medieval or renaissance flair.

It is no surprise that an international organization devoted to the relationship between art, architecture, environmental stewardship, agricultural heritage and cultural exchange bears its name. The Civita Institute, formerly known as the Northwest Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Italy, celebrates all that is precious and unique about Civita di Bagnoregio and encourages the exploration of this and other historically significant towns and sights in Italy.


La missione del NIAUSI:  L'istituto Civita esiste per ispirare e promuovere l'eccellenza del design attraverso l'educazione e lo scambio culturale tra gli Stati Uniti e l'Italia.

The Civita Institute exists to inspire and promote design excellence through education and cultural exchange between the United States and Italy.


Check out the Museo Naturalistico Lubriano website and visit it if you're in the area! 


Award winning documentary filmmaker and Civita Institute Resident Natalie Reusss is in post production of her film:  Civita:   An Italian Hill Town.  Please visit her website at:      

Natalie Reuss website