Upcoming Events

Reshaping Rochester Lecture
with Ken Doyno and John Torti
May 10, 2016, 7-9pm
at Gleason Works Auditorium
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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

Get your tickets now for May 10th Reshaping Rochester Lecture with John Torti and Ken Doyno!

John Torti’s revolutionary ideas have changed the face of publicly financed housing from high rises to mixed use, pedestrian-friendly developments.  Ken Doyno’s focus is on  growing communities’ economic, social, and physical value through good design and development. Together they are visionaries that have practical solutions for how to improve our neighborhoods.

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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

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

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.