Reshaping Rochester
Kick-off lecture with Ellen Dunham-Jones

Thursday, February 9th
(networking reception begins at 5:30 in Atrium)

Memorial Art Gallery Auditorium

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Our Mission


The CDCR promotes the creation of vibrant, equitable, and resilient communities by engaging, educating, and empowering stakeholders in crafting purposeful design.


To be the recognized leader of quality community planning and design, catalyzing improvements in the public realm and championing citizen engagement in the process. (Previously Adopted)

Why we exist:

Life is better in well designed spaces because how well we build impacts how well we live.


We conduct ourselves by displaying values you can see.  The Community Design Center of Rochester is dedicated to demonstrating:

·         Integrity through honesty and strong moral principles

·         Respect for the importance of the public realm.

·         Leadership in ways that empower those we work with

·         Openness through listening and being welcome to different perspectives

·         Inclusivity by welcoming a diverse representation of ideas

·         Independence by presenting our views with fairness and objectivity

·         Design Excellence grounded in sound planning and architectural principles

·         Civic engagement through education, advocacy, and facilitation

·         Opportunity with the spirit of possibility

·         Transparency in a manner that builds trust

·         Collaboration with community partners and stakeholders





                     News & Events


Reshaping Rochester is back!

Redevelopment Expert Ellen Dunham-Jones returns to Rochester! Join us for this year's kick-off lecture as she discusses how today’s aging, parking-dominated properties provide the opportunity to address urgent challenges that suburbia was never designed for: reducing car dependency, improving public health, supporting an aging society, leveraging social capital for equity, competing for jobs, and adding water and energy resilience. 

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CDCR is hiring!

We are looking to hire a tech
savvy Office Manager/Marketing Assistant to join us!

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