Upcoming Events

Mindy Thompson Fullilove
"Mending our Broken Cities/Reconnecting our Communities"
Wednesday, September 16, 7pm
at School #9, 485 N. Clinton Avenue
This event is FREE and open to the public!

Fifth Annual Reshaping Rochester Awards
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
at the Temple B'rith Kodesh
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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 Award Finalists Announced!

Thanks to everyone who submitted nominations for this year's 2015 Reshaping Rochester Awards. We are impressed by the record-number of inspiring nominations we received! After reviewing the nominations, 21 finalists were selected. Click here to see the finalists!

RR Awards

Mindy Thompson Fullilove Comes to Rochester, September 16th and 17th

Mindy Thompson Fullilove asks the community to consider the following questions:
1. What is it about this place that draws us here?
2. What could we add to this place that will keep us here?


The CDCR will partner with The Settlement Houses of Rochester Foundation to offer an evening presentation with Mindy on Wednesday September 16 at 7pm titled:  "Mending our Broken Cities/Reconnecting our Communities". This event will be free and open to the public and held at School #9, 485 N. Clinton Avenue. This community conversation will dovetail with this year's theme for the 2016 Reshaping Rochester Series that will consider issues related to design equity, looking at new approaches to planning and design that tackle both the built environment and collective well-being at the same time. Mark your calendars for this exciting event!

While here, Mindy will be the keynote speaker at a Kick Off Luncheon presented by The Settlement Houses of Rochester Foundation on September 17th at noon at the Rochester Plaza Hotel and Conference Center. For more info click here

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is a research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University. She was educated at Bryn Mawr College (AB, 1971) and Columbia University (MS, 1971; MD 1978). She is a board certified psychiatrist, having received her training at New York Hospital-Westchester Division (1978-1981) and Montefiore Hospital (1981-1982). She has conducted research on AIDS and other epidemics of poor communities, with a special interest in the relationship between the collapse of communities and decline in health.

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

A search committee has been established to identify a successor for Monroe. To nominate a candidate or to apply for the Executive Director position, please contact Suzanne Mayer, CDC Rochester board member, here.

Click here to download Executive Director Job Description

We want your feedback for Reshaping Rochester!

Thank you for your support of our 10th Annual Reshaping Rochester Series! We are already preparing for next year's Series, and would like your input! Please take a moment to fill out a short survey HERE. 

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