2021 Reshaping Rochester Awards Ceremony
November 17, 2021
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Our Mission


The Community Design Center of Rochester advances quality design to create healthy communities that are equitable, accessible and resilient. (Previously Adopted)


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

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The 2021 Lecture Series themed "Building a Just Community" has officially concluded.

Thank you to all who attended our final lecture with June Grant last week! She was a true wealth of knowledge on the topic of community engagement and regeneration, and we at the Design Center know we'll be re-watching the recording, utilizing her advice, and staying in touch for years to come.





The nomination period is now closed.

Thank you to all who submitted nomations for our 11th Annual Reshaping Rochester Awards! The awards given will recognize exemplary projects and individuals in the Greater Rochester area that make a positive impact on people, neighborhoods, and communities. Awardees will be announced at the 11th Annual Awards Luncheon in November.

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