reshaping rochester


The 2023 Lecture Series features four lectures (February through June).

All evening lectures will begin at 6:30pm in the Memorial Art Gallery Auditorium.

A Networking Reception will be held prior to each evening lecture beginning at 5:30pm in the Atrium.


For more information send an e-mail here or call 585.271.0520



A special thank you to those that make this Series possible!





CDCR is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Click here to listen to past lectures.



Every year, the CDCR brings experts from around the country to share their knowledge with the local community regarding issues that are presenting challenges for our community through our lecture series.



In keeping with this year’s retrospective theme, “Then & Now,” leading urbanist and sustainable suburban redevelopment expert Ellen Dunham-Jones returns to Rochester to give her impressions of what has changed for the better and what still needs work. She will focus on six urgent challenges: public health, supporting an aging society, leveraging social capital for equity, competing for jobs, and water and energy resilience to adapt to climate change.  

Dunham-Jones will present compelling case studies and explore topics that resonate in our region: dead malls, dying strip malls, big box stores, aging office parks, and rundown apartment complexes, among others. Since last speaking at the CDCR in March, 2010, Dunham-Jones and her co-author June Williamson released a second book, Case Studies in Suburban Retrofit: Urban Design Strategies.  They were compelled to write the new book because of the increase in number, design quality, and ambition of suburban retrofits.

While the first generation of suburban retrofits were primarily focused on reducing auto-dependence (still relevant), the new generation are doing that in addition to improving public health, supporting an aging society, leveraging social capital for equity, providing new jobs, all while applying strategies for water and energy resilience to adapt to climate change. 

An award-winning architect, published author, and professor of architecture and urban design at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ellen Dunham-Jones is a leading authority on suburban redevelopment. She lectures widely, conducts workshops with municipalities, and consults on individual projects. 

Registration is free and open to the public! REGISTER HERE!



Upcoming Lectures:

Norm Garrick | Thursday, March 9
A picture containing person    Description automatically generated

Victor Dover | Thursday, April 6

A person wearing glasses and a tie    Description automatically generated with medium confidence

Lawrence Frank | Wednesday, June 21
Lawrence D. Frank