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April Lecture will now be held at Gleason Works Auditorium

May Lecture held at First Universalist Church of Rochester, 150 Clinton Ave S

$15-Evening Lectures
$10-Senior Rate 65+ (must pre-register)
Free with valid student I.D.

$45- Luncheon
$500- Named Table of 8
Tickets for luncheon available in advance only, limited seating, please reserve early!

Tickets available online by clicking the "Add to Cart" button

Evening tickets also available at the door (cash or check only)

**Continuing Education Credits
Available (LU)**
Please note that there will be an additional $10 charge to be paid the night of the lecture for those seeking CES Credits.

For more information send Emily Verstraete an e-mail here or call 585.271.0520

A special thank you to this year's Reshaping Rochester Sponsors!

Major Sponsors:

Community Foundation

Winn Companies


Additional Funding and Support:

APA Canandaigua National Bank & Trust

John and Barbara Lovenheim

GRAR Stantec

Mark IV Monroe County Planning Board

TY Lin


Sirius Change

Harris Beach


HBT Architects


Nixon Peabody


Barkstrom and LaCroix

LaBella Associates

CJS Architects


Landmark Society City Blue

Spot Coffee

East Avenue Inn and Suites

Gleason Works


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Reshaping Rochester Series

Our annual lecture series features a blue-ribbon roster of innovative thinkers, practitioners and leaders who come to Rochester to share their ideas and experience with us.

This year's theme:
In the Trenches

Reshaping Rochester focuses on the efforts, strategies and successes accomplished by cities that face similar challenges to ours: downtown revitalization, preserving the character of our neighborhoods and communities, creating mixed-use centers and walkable commercial districts, and enlisting community involvement.


Mindy Thompson Fullilove"Root Shock"
Mindy Thompson Fullilove
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences, Co-Director, Community Research Group

Dr. Mindy 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. She started her research career in 1986 with a focus on the AIDS epidemic, and became aware of the close link between AIDS and place of residence which led her to begin examining the mental health effects of such environmental processes as violence, rebuilding, segregation, urban renewal, and mismanaged toxins. She has published numerous articles and six books including "Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities," "Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It," and "House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place."

Wednesday, April 30th, 7-9pm
CHANGE IN LOCATION: This lecture will now be held at Gleason Works Auditorium

Evening Lecture


Thomas Herrera-Mishler"Green Legacy"
Thomas Herrera-Mishler
CEO and President, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Mexican-born, Thomas Herrera-Mishler obtained his Master of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, with a specialization in Urban Design from the University of Michigan in 1986. After serving as project landscape architect on various projects around the US and abroad, (Thomas’ portfolio includes the master plan for the National Zoo and Botanical Garden of Costa Rica,) he moved into the non-profit sector in 1992, working as the community landscape architect for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in Philadelphia. He is currently the President and CEO of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, a not-for-profit, membership-based organization, responsible for the maintenance and operations of Buffalo’s Olmsted Park and Parkway System, known for their outreach program to multicultural neighborhoods engaging citizens to actively participate in helping to maintain and preserve green space.

Tuesday, May 20th, 7-9pm
First Universalist Church of Rochester, 150 Clinton Ave S
Evening Lecture



"Walkable City"

Jeff Speck
Principal of Speck and Associates LLC, city planner,
author and architectural designer

Jeff Speck is an internationally known city planner, author and architectural designer who advocates for smart growth and sustainable design. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 through 2007, he oversaw the Mayors' Institute on City Design and created the Governors' Institute on Community Design, a federal program that helps state governors fight suburban sprawl. He currently serves as a Contributing Editor to Metropolis Magazine, and on the Sustainability Task Force of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. His new book is Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time” *.

Tuesday, January 21st, 7-9pm
First Universalist Church of Rochester, 150 Clinton Ave S

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"Neighborhood in Balance"

Aaron Bartley
Co-founder of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo)

Aaron Bartley, a graduate of Harvard Law School, is a community organizer working for economic and social justice, is co-founder of People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH Buffalo), which mobilizes residents to create sustainable neighborhoods with quality affordable green housing technologies, green jobs and next generation infrastructure. Aaron writes columns about cities and community organizing at Huffington Post and has commented on community and labor issues in a wide variety of media outlets, including the New York Times, CNN and the Wall Street Journal.

Tuesday, February 25th, 7-9pm
Gleason Works Auditorium, 1000 University Ave.

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"Revitalizing Boston's Neighborhoods"
**Special Luncheon**
Mayor Thomas Menino
Mayor, Boston, Massachusetts

Elected five times as Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino has spent a lifetime building a better Boston for residents and businesses, never ceasing to invest in countless new parks, schoolyards and green spaces. He has been nicknamed the “Urban Mechanic” for his tireless work ethic and attention to the basics that make for a thriving city, working to inspire a new generation rooted in the belief that citizens are the best civic entrepreneurs. He ushered in the nation’s first citywide Main Streets program to support small businesses and spur local economic development, and under his leadership the city’s affordable housing supply has increased dramatically. Boston has become a national model for foreclosure prevention and responsible homeownership.

Wednesday, March 19th, 11:45am-1:30pm
Inn on Broadway, 26 Broadway

Luncheon Event