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Upcoming Events


Reshaping Rochester Lecture
"Transit Revolution"
Norman Garrick, Ph. D.
June 3rd, 7-9pm at Gleason Works

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"Connecting Spaces/ Connecting Places"
Gallery Exhibit
On display now at the CDCR Design Gallery (1115 E. Main St)


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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

Now Accepting Preliminary Nominations for the 2015 Reshaping Rochester Awards!

Each year, the Community Design Center presents a special luncheon event to honor the winners of the annual Reshaping Rochester Awards. The awards recognize exemplary regional initiatives and projects that positively impact people, neighborhoods, and the community. Submissions will be accepted from May 4 – June 29, 2015.....Click here to make a nomination

RR Awards


Final Reshaping Rochester Luncheon with Norman Garrick, Ph. D., June 3rd!

Join us on June 3rd from 7-9pm at Gleason Works Auditorium for our Final Reshaping Rochester Lecture of the year! Norman Garrick, Ph. D. will speak on "Transit Revolution".....read more

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Spring 2015 Application Cycle Open for the Design Fund Program!

The Community Design Center is excited to announce the Development/Design Fund Spring 2015 granting cycle. The application period for this cycle is now open and all submissions will be due by May 22nd. ...Click here to apply

DD Fund



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!



Inner Loop Reconstruction Presentation

Last Tuesday the Community Design Center's Executive Director, Joni Monroe, and past Board President, Roger Brown were invited to present at Tuesday Topics, a weekly series of informational programs given on a wide range of topics, presented by the Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. The presentation was titledInner Loop East Reconstruction Project and included a history of the genesis of the construction of the Inner Loop as well as an overview of the current project to bring the SE section up to grade and the positive impact it will have on our city. A lunch hour crowd of almost 100 attendees listened as they discussed the evolution of Rochester, the planning practices that lead to the construction of freeways and loop roads in American cities. The presentation included a detailed look at Stantec Consulting's plans for the Inner Loop's removal (seen for the first time by many) and examples of buildings from other cities of what to give ideas of what might be developed on sites created by the infill here in Rochester ....check out the presentation here

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Gallery Exhibit on display: "Connecting Spaces/Connecting Places"

The Community Design Center Rochester in conjunction with the annual award-winning Reshaping Rochester lecture series, presents "Connecting Spaces/ Connecting Places" an exhibition about corridors and the role that they play in revitalization and connectivity in neighborhoods and their metropolitan areas. On display now at the CDCR Design Gallery....click here to read more

Connecting Spaces