NOTE: Residency Applications may be submitted anytime and are reviewed by the Board of the Civita Institute. Applicants are NOT restricted to Pacific NW residents and open to all with a vision.

Residency Applicant Requirements and Evaluation

Residency applicants are independent professionals who will be responsible for their own support and will have full access to the facilities and resources of the Institute. Applicants are requested to provide the board with a full description of their proposed project along with the specific time frame requested and a statement of how their stay in Civita will further the Institute's mission. Applicants may use our Fellowship Application form as a template for presenting their proposal, but using that form is not required. Applicants’ project proposals are reviewed by the CIVITA INSTITUTE Board for merit and appropriateness to the CIVITA INSTITUTE’s mission. Determinations regarding exact dates, length of stay, and accommodations will be made in consultation with the applicant. Upon completion of their Residency, Residents are requested to contribute a written summary along with digital images or other materials representative of the applicant's work in Civita for permanent inclusion in the CIVITA INSTITUTE archives.

Residents are charged a moderate fee for the use of their apartment and the facility. Please contact for further information on fees. Minimum stay: 3 weeks. Maximum: 2 months. Application Period: Open year around.

Location and Accommodation

Accommodations are in autonomous apartments within the CIVITA INSTITUTE compound. Each dwelling is suitable for one person or a couple, though it may be possible to accommodate family members and friends by prior arrangement and at additional cost. Note that summers can be quite hot and the dwellings are not air-conditioned.

Residency applicants will have access to a comprehensive library of materials related to Civita and other Italian hill towns, as well as general material on architecture and urbanism.

Civita di Bagnoregio is located on a promontory, accessible only by a pedestrian bridge which is 2 km by foot or public minibus from the town of Bagnoregio. While some services (restaurants, etc.) are available in Civita, grocery stores, post office, bank, public transportation, and other services are readily available in Bagnoregio. It should be noted that there are no handicap accessible facilities available in Civita.

The facilities of the CIVITA INSTITUTE were generously donated to the CIVITA INSTITUTE by the late professor Astra Zarina and her husband architect Tony Costa Heywood. Professor Zarina directed and taught the University of Washington's Architecture in Rome Program from 1979 to 1999 and the Italian Hilltown Program from 1975 to 2002. Tony Costa Heywood is a permanent resident of the CIVITA INSTITUTE.

Contact us

Fellowship and Residency Director Herschel Parnes at (206) 728-0602 or email us at Please visit us at:

Residency Application Period

Open year round

Application Fee:

$45.00 payable by check or money order.

USA Mailing Address:

CIVITA INSTITUTE, 1326 Fifth Ave. Suite 654, Seattle, WA 98101. USA

A basic membership in CIVITA INSTITUTE for the calendar year during which the Residency will take place is included with payment of the Residency fee. Please contact us if you are not on our email list or to recommend others to be added to our list.  We thank you for your interest in our programs. 



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