Upcoming Events

Reshaping Rochester Lecture
with Ken Doyno and John Torti
May 10, 2016, 7-9pm
at Gleason Works Auditorium
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CNU24 Preview
"Transforming Places"
April 22-23
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Gallery Exhibit
Reshaping Rochester Exhibition
Now on display through June 2016
@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

Design Fund: Spring Application Period is now open!

The Development/ Design fund application period is now open! Click here to download the form.

DD Fund

CDCR is co-sponsoring the 2016 CNU24 Preview!

CNU Conference

CNU New York and co-sponsor Community Design Center Rochester invite you to CNU 24 Preview: Transforming Places in Rochester New York featuring local and national New Urbanist speakers, mobile workshops, and a preview of CNU24 in Detroit. Held in the East End Entertainment District of downtown Rochester, you will learn about CNU24 and meet the urban design professionals, developers, and community leaders who are spearheading the efforts to make exemplary places in the "lake belt."

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April 13th Reshaping Rochester Luncheon with Mayor White A wonderful success!


Thank you to all who came to see Mayor Knox White's luncheon presentation. We were truly inspired by both speaker's presentations and hope you were, too!

We encourage you to purchase your tickets now for our next lecture with Ken Doyno and John Torti on May 10th!

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for more information about the Reshaping Rochester Series

March 10th Reshaping Rochester Lecture: A success!

Thank you to all who came out to see Senator Steve Farley and Jacky Grimshaw. We were truly inspired by both speaker's presentations and hope you were, too!

Anne Marie Lecture

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.