Upcoming Events

Gallery Exhibit:
Community Design Prishtina
Opening First Friday, October 2nd from
6-9pm at the CDCR Gallery
On display through October 30th
More info

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

Reshaping Rochester Tickets On-Sale!

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. Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door. Click here for more info or to purchase tickets.

RR Awards

New Gallery Exhibit Opening Friday, October 2nd

In May 2015, Joni Monroe and Roger Brown of the CDCR traveled to the Balkans to Prishtina, Kosovo to deliver the key note at a Community Design Symposium at American University. The Design Gallery at CDCR is excited to host a signboard gallery exhibit featuring highlights from the symposium as well as beautiful visuals from the Kosovo region. This exhibit opens First Friday, October 2nd from 6-9pm at the Community Design Center Gallery (1115 East Main Street, Rochester NY 14609) and will be on display through October 30th.  Click here for more info.

DD Fund

Design Fund Grant Recipient Announced!

The Community Design Center Rochester is delighted to announce that it has awarded a Development/Design Fund Grant to the Cottage Street Book Club (CSBC). Grant funding awarded will be used for planning and design of a park desired at 1158 South Plymouth Avenue Rochester, NY.

DD Fund


Joni Monroe to Retire as Executive Director of Community Design Center Rochester

Joni Monroe, AIA, a founding member of the Community Design Center Rochester, has announced that she will retire from her position as Executive Director of the non-profit organization effective October 30, 2015.
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

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