Paul Tankel, AIA, LEED, AP BD+C President
William C. Dean, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP Vice President
Alfred State Architecture
Roger E. Brown, AIA
Monica C. McCullough, Esq.
MM Development Advisors, Inc.
Howard Decker, FAIA
Architecture and Urban Design
Rob Fornataro AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
Timothy Raymond, AIA
Architect, Bureau of Buildings and Zoning
City of Rochester
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Who we are
Maria is licensed as an architect and as a real estate salesperson, with experience as a small business owner and a special interest in urban planning and community building. She is a long time Design Center volunteer serving as a board member and president. She enjoyed being a guest studio critic at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Masters of Architecture Program in Fall of 2016 and looks forward to other opportunities to mentor students and young professionals. Her many interests include accessible & sustainable design, historic re-use & renovation and advocating for diverse & vibrant neighborhoods. She is an active volunteer with R Community Bikes and is fluent in Spanish and Italian. A nearly lifelong resident of Rochester, she firmly believes that Rochester has all of the ingredients necessary to become a model American city and is committed to making it happen.
Interim Executive Director
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Paul Tankel, AIA LEED AP BD+C
Paul Tankel has been a board member of the Community Design Center of Rochester since 2008. He previously served as Vice President and was elected Board President in 2015.
Paul served as the Associate Director of Facilities Planning at the SUNY College at Brockport where he worked on the implementation of the Facilities Master Plan as well as the planning and development of major construction and renovation projects. Additionally, he establishes procedures, policies and standards for the implementation of these design initiatives to achieve the College’s aesthetic and functional objectives.
Before joining Brockport, Paul was an Associate Principal at Clark Patterson Lee where he led the higher education practice for New York State as well as sustainable design initiatives.
Prior to this, Paul spent over 20 years at the University of Rochester, most recently as the University Architect, where he made significant contributions to the University’s environment through the building of new facilities, enhancing the long-term sustainability of existing facilities and enriching the vitality of public spaces at each of the University’s campuses. He played an integral role in their master planning effort to establish a framework for the growth of the University. He also served as adjunct faculty from 2004 through 2010.
Paul is a licensed architect in New York State, maintaining a campus planning and design practice. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a member of the Association of University Architects and the US Green Building Council, and the Town of Brighton’s Sustainability Oversight Committee.
In his role as Community Design Center of Rochester board member and now as board president Paul takes a special interest in working with local colleges and universities as well as design professional organizations.
Paul has presented at numerous conferences on smart growth and sustainable design in the campus context.
Roger E. Brown, AIA
Pro Bono Creative Consultant
Mr. Brown has been a practicing architect in New York State for over 35 years. He was Associate Partner with Barkstrom&LaCroix Architects for 27 years and is currently principle of the urban design consulting firm, Urban Architecture. Roger is a member of the American Institute of Architects and Congress for the New Urbanism. He served on the Board of the Common Good Planning Center (1999-2003) and is a founding member of the Community Design Center of Rochester (2003) as well as its predecessor organization, the AIA Rochester Urban Design Committee (1998). While with Barkstrom&LaCroix, Roger designed many AIA Rochester award winning residential and mixed use projects around the Rochester area including Cornhill Landing, the Mills, the Crescent, 70 East Blvd., Elmwood Manor Townhouses, and Cornhill Commons along with Vision Plans for Pittsford Village and Hilton Village Center. Roger regularly gives presentations on urban and community design to neighborhood groups, municipalities, and professional organizations. He has helped plan and facilitate numerous community design charrettes and design conferences/workshops on urban design and planning issues.
Director of Design Services
Aaron Lehman graduated from the State University of New York School of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) where he received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 2010. Aaron began to focus in urban planning and design with his off-campus studies in Greece. While in Karpathos, Greece Aaron spent one month preparing a comprehensive beach front development plan for the municipality working with an Athens based architect and the government officials to avoid detriment to the islands traditional architecture and access, visual and physical, to a beach. Aaron then spent two months in Athens, Greece working on an independent study involving the evolution of historically important urban spaces and how they are incorporated into contemporary settings.
In July of 2015, Aaron joined the CDCR as Project, Program & Design Coordinator working with community based organizations to assist in developing plans for the betterment of their towns, neighborhoods, and business districts. He helps plan and facilitate community design charrettes for these organizations, and turning ideas into vision plans. Inaddition he is the coordinator for the Development/Design Fund Program which awards grants to non-profit groups to improve the quality of revitalization efforts in distressed areas of the city.
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Director of Operations
Ricky graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2012 with a bachelorís degree in Political Science and Psychology. As a member of UTís swim team, he achieved All-American status in 12 events and competed for a spot on the 2008 and 2012 US Olympic team. For the past two years, Ricky has lived in New York City, working in tech sales for start-up companies. His experience in tech-sales has given him in depth knowledge on local marketing and social media platforms which he hopes to use to showcase CDCR and their mission to educate and assist the Rochester community with urban development projects. Living in New York City has given Ricky an appreciation for the built environment and what community projects can do to bring about positive change for struggling neighborhoods. Born and raised in Rochester, he is excited to help CDCR educate Rochesterians about the built environment and determined to bring about positive change to the Rochester community.
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Graphic/ Web Designer and Imaging Consultant
Angela graduated Magna Cum Laude from Roberts Wesleyan College in 2008 where she received a degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Graphic Design. After interning with the CDCR in the fall of 2008, she went on to join the team in November 2008. In addition to working on various projects, publications and exhibitions at the Design Center, Angela also works as a free-lance Graphic Designer.