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



CLOSED NOW!!  Sunday, 11.20.16 at 9PM.  Thank you for bidding on these fabulous pieces from Civita Fellows and Friends!  With much appreciation to our artist donors, we are humbled by your talent and honored by your support.


2016 Civita Institute Fundraising Gala Caccia al Tesoro


Please join us for the Civita Institute's
2016 fundraising gala event.  This
year's theme La Caccia al Tesoro, 
Treasure Hunt Italian style
is a reflection of the distinctive
beauty and historical record found
in the Etruscan town of Civita di

Date/Time: Friday, November 18th, 6:00 p.m.
Location: UW Center for Urban Horticulture,
3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

Event includes:

• Continuing Education Seminars (More info below)
• Delicious home-cooked meal
• Silent auction and online auction
• Presentation by our 2016 returning Fellows:

      Plamena  Milusheva and Choong Ng
      Margo Peterson, David Aspholm (and Family)

• Call for 2017 Fellowships announcements
• The evening concludes with the much anticipated auction of
Tiny Treasures.

Tickets: Fundrasing gala event: $75 per person; Continuing
Education Seminars: $75 per person: Fundrasing+Seminars: $125.  
Applicants to the 2017 Fellowship are ecouraged to attend with the
ticket price for dinner and/or seminars to be applied in full toward
the application fee.


Continuing Education Seminars

The very popular Continuing Education Seminars will again be
offered in the afternoon.
Date:  Friday, November 18th, Starts 1:00 p.m.
Location:  UW Center for Urban Horticulture (address above)
Speakers participating to this event will be announced soon.

Image: Astra's Table #2, watercolor by James Corey, 2005


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.  
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




the Depictive and the Evocative: Civita 2016
An Exploratory Drawing Workshop in Italy
The Civita Institute, Civita di Bagnoregio
November 3 - November 10, 2016
Instructor: Anita H. Lehmann, Civita Institute Fellow (2013), renowned artist and architect

This unique workshop, in this incomparable Italian hilltown, is about drawing, sketching and painting places, spaces and objects, focusing on the contextual environment of Civita di Bagnoregio and its surroundings - to learn about the "power of place" through drawing.

A small group of 6-8 participants will ensure plenty of one-on-one learning, lessons, critiques and demos.  Living in this ancient place, in restored historic dwellings, connects heightened learning with a remarkable setting and immersive experiences.

For more information on this wonderful opportunity, please go to


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