Upcoming Events

Reshaping Rochester Lecture
with Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove

Wednesday, April 30th from 7-9pm
at Gleason Works Auditorium
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On Display: RRCDC Design Gallery
"In the Trenches: Celebrating Local Grassroots Efforts" 
On Display now and runs through June 2014
 Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Fri
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The Rochester Regional Community Design Center (RRCDC) is a non-profit organization of design professionals promoting healthy, sustainable communities by encouraging quality design of the built environment and thoughtful use of built and natural resources. We do this by providing technical assistance and access to educational and training opportunities that increase awareness about the built environment, the impact of design and the importance of good urban planning. By actively engaging through partnerships in city and regional initiatives that include guiding communities in creating vision plans and encouraging community involvement in planning and developing processes, RRCDC plays a critical role as an advocate for good design in the Greater Rochester Region.

News & Events

Get your tickets now for the next Reshaping Rochester Lecture Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove!

Join us at our upcoming Reshaping Rochester lecture on Wednesday, April 30th from 7-9pm at Gleason Works Auditorium. This lecture's speaker is Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove and her presentation is entitled "Root Shock". Dr. Thompson Fullilove is a board-certified psychiatrist on the faculty at Columbia University College of Physicians.  She is interested in the link between the built environment and mental health.   ....Click for more info or to purchase tickets


Reshaping Rochester

Thank you for joining us on our 10th Anniversary!

 The Design Center would like to thank everyone who came to the 10th Anniversary Party at Good Luck Restaurant last night! It couldn't have been a more joyous celebration, and we couldn't have done it without you. Thank you also to Harris Beach and The Academy for their generous sponsorship, and to everyone who donated their time and effort to making the party a great success.

Thank you to all the wonderful sponsors who helped make our 10 Year Anniversary Celebration possible: Harris Beach PLLC, The Academy Building, Personal Designs Florist Inc. and Rohrbach Brewing Company!

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Anniversary Party

Development/Design Fund Spring 2014 Grants: Application Dates Announced!   

After granting $30,000 in its inaugural year, the RRCDC's Development/Design Fund Program is pleased to announce the application period dates for the Spring 2014 granting cycle. The Development/Design Fund Program offers grant awards ranging from $2,500 - $15,000 to non-profit 501c3 organizations in the NE, NW, and SW quadrants of Rochester. These grants are used to hire pre-qualified design consultants to perform pre-development studies on an improvement projects in your neighborhood. The application period will be open April 14th - May 23rd. All applicants must meet with the Development/Design Fund Program Coordinator before applying ...Click here for more info


Reshaping Rochester lecture with Aaron Bartley: A success!

We are excited by the large turn out at our second Reshaping Rochester 2014 lecture featuring Aaron Bartley! The event was held at Gleason Works Auditorium on Tuesday, February 25th at 7pm. Aaron Bartley presentated an engaging lecture entitled "Neighborhood in Balance". Aaron is the co-founder of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), which mobilizes residents to create sustainable neighborhoods with quality affordable housing, green jobs and next generation infrastructure. ....Click here to listen to the podcast of this lecture

Aaron Bartley

Thank you to all who attended Jeff Speck's lecture!

Our first Reshaping Rochester 2014 Lecture and book signing featuring Jeff Speck was held at the First Universalist Church on January 21st at 7pm. This event was a great success as was the workshop held at the Kate Gleason Auditorium the following morning. The RRCDC would like to thank everyone who braved the cold to hear this incredible speaker! We would also like to thank sponsors WINN Development Corporation, John and Barbara Lovenheim, East Avenue Inn & Suites, and Barkstrom & LaCroix for making these events possible. ....Click here to listen to the podcast of this lecture

Reshaping Rochester

New exhibit now on display! "In the Trenches: Celebrating Local Grassroots Efforts" 

Come check out our annual gallery exhibit in conjunction with our 9th Annual Reshaping Rochester Series entitled, "In the Trenches: Celebrating Local Grassroots Efforts". This interactive and visual extravaganza highlights local grassroots organizations and projects. Exhibitors include the Rochester Cycling Alliance, RocCity2.0, Greenovation, Project Scion, the Southwest Rochester Riverfront Group and Genesee Land Trust.  ...Click here for more info