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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


Introducing Karen Nozik, the new CDCR Executive Director!

We are thrilled to announce our new Executive Director, Karen Nozik!

Karen has over 30 years of experience in advocacy, communications, fundraising, and nonprofit administration.  She is a passionate advocate for neighborhood design, and for building more livable, walkable communities.  She has championed urban parks and public spaces for decades, first with the Bicycle Federation of America, then with the Bikes Belong campaign, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, National Parks Conservation Association, and most recently with the City Parks Alliance, a national organization supporting creation, revitalization, and sustainability of urban parks and green spaces.  A communications and environmental policy veteran, Karen holds an MPA from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington, and two undergraduate degrees from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.  Her roots run deep in upstate New York and the Finger Lakes region. Born and raised in Rochester, New York; Karen helped to establish in memory of her brother, Michael Nozik, the Camp Seneca Lake Scholarship Fund, and now serves on its Board of the annual award of need-based scholarships for Camp Seneca Lake. When not working, Karen walks her talk by spending as much time as possible outdoors. She enjoys gardening, reading, hiking, skiing, crafting, practicing yoga, and exploring local and regional parks, trails, and museums.

Click here to read the press release




Thank you to all who came out to this year's Reshaping Rochester Awards ceremony!

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In Loving Memory of Maria P. Furgiuele

It is with heavy hearts that we share the death of our beloved Executive Director, Maria Furgiuele, who passed away on June 19, 2022.

See our tribute here