Upcoming Events

Gallery Exhibit:
Design Fund Current Projects
On display through the month of November
@CDCR Design Gallery
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Fifth Annual Reshaping Rochester Awards

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
at the Temple B'rith Kodesh
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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

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.

Reshaping Rochester Directors' Award Announced!

Paul Kramer will be honored for his redevelopment work on the Flatiron Building at the corner of University and Atlantic Avenues. Paul's vision for this iconic building has been pivotal in the resurgence of the Neighborhood of the Arts.  Mike Governale will receive Honorable Mention for his work with Reconnect Rochester. Congratulations to both! Tickets are now on-sale for our 5th Annual Reshaping Rochester Awards Luncheon held on Wednesday, December 9th from 11:45am - 1:30pm at the Temple B-rith Kodesh. "Urban Observations" keynote presentation by Jamal Rossi, Eastman School of Music Dean. Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door. Click here for more info or to purchase tickets.

RR Awards

Design Fund: Now accepting applications!

The Community Design Center of Rochester is now accepting applications for the Development/Design Fund Fall 2015 cycle until November 30th! $2,500 - $15,000 grants are awarded to non-profit organizations or community groups partnering with non-profits to fund pre- development work on improvement projects in designated city neighborhoods. To learn more about how to apply, please visit our website here.  

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!
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

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