Upcoming Events

Reshaping Rochester Lecture
with Julian Agyeman and Anne Marie Lubenau
February 9th, 7-9pm at Gleason Works
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Gallery Exhibit Opening:
Reshaping Rochester Exhibition
Opening First Friday, February 5th, 7-9pm
@CDCR Design Gallery
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Our Mission

The Community Design Center of Rochester (CDCR) 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, CDCR plays a critical role as an advocate for good design in the Greater Rochester Region.

News & Events

Get your tickets now for our Feb. 9th lecture!

Reshaping Rochester is back, and with a line-up you won't want to miss! We will kick off this year's lecture series, "Rebalancing the Scales: Design by Equity",  in early February with Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, and Anne Marie Lubenau, the Director of the prestigious Rudy Bruner Award. Anne Marie and Julian will set the stage for our Series the night of February 9th. Click here for more info about this lecture and to see the full line-up!

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Reshaping Rochester Exhibit on Display in CDCR Design Gallery

The Community Design Center Rochester presents Balancing the Scales: Equity by Design, a sign board exhibition that asks us to consider the question: "How can we design a more equitable city?" This exhibit highlights ground-breaking solutions from this year's guest speakers in the areas of housing, transportation, health and safety, and the economy that impact the quality of life for everyone. On display through June 2016. Click here for more info.


Reshaping Rochester Award Winners Announced; Event a Success!

The Community Design Center would like to thank everyone who attended and helped make the 2015 Reshaping Rochester Awards event a success! CONGRATULATIONS to the winners! Click here to see who won!

RR Awards

Design Fund: Fall Application Period Closed

The Community Design Center Rochester is pleased to announce that it has received many worthy applications for the Development/Design Fund Fall 2015 Cycle. Applications for projects in distressed City of Rochester neighborhoods ranging from building rehabilitations for medical facilities to residential/commercial landscape design have been received. Stay tuned; we will announce the awardees in the months to come!

DD Fund

Announcing CDCR's new Executive Director, Maureen Duggan!

DD Fund

We are very excited to announce that Maureen Duggan, former Economic Development Director for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, has been named the new Executive Director for the CDCR! Duggan succeeds Joni Monroe, AIA, one of the Design Center's original founders, who will retire as of November 2 after 12 years of leadership. 

Duggan has a broad spectrum of leadership experience in the public and private sectors. In her position with Congresswoman Slaughter's office, Duggan facilitated partnerships between elected officials and community leaders to bring significant economic development dollars to the Rochester area, including funding for the Rochester Train Station and Photonics Cluster. In Ontario County she administered a highly successful $7M economic development loan fund. She has played a lead role in orchestrating communication strategies and tactics, advocacy, and stakeholder engagement. Click here to read the Press Release.

CDCR gives presentation in Kosovo!

The Community Design Center Rochester was invited to partner with the American University in Kosovo for a 3 day Community Design Symposium, funded by the U.S. Department of State, which focused on the built environment, infrastructure and natural resources of the municipality of Prishtina and environs. Roger Brown, AIA and Joni Monroe, AIS delivered two presentations on May 7th and 8th at the conference that included an overview of the charrette and vision plan process and shared information and ideas from projects that the Community Design Center Rochester has engaged in here in our region.  Coordination teams here at the Design Center and at the American University in Kosovo have been working together to plan for this event.  Among the partners in this effort were RIT, American University Kosovo's Center for Energy and Natural Resources (CENR), and the Prosperity Initiative for Kosovo Society (PIKS). The Community Design Symposium was intended to provide a platform to generate ideas and yield collaboration and future design charrettes for the city of Prishtina and other urban areas of Kosovo.

Click here to see a video featuring Joni and Roger!
Click here to download the schedule from the Symposium!

Featured below is the Gallery exhibit shown in Prishtina, Kosovo. We are excited to announce that we will be hosting this show later this year in the CDCR Design Gallery! Stay tuned for more info!

Kosovo Gallery