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Nominations Now Being Accepted for
8th Annual 2018 Reshaping
Rochester Awards

Sculptor Albert Paley Will Be the Keynote Speaker
Rochester, NY August 2, 2018 – The public is invited to submit nominations for the 2018 Reshaping Rochester Awards, presented by the  Community Design Center Rochester to recognize exemplary regional initiatives and projects that positively impact people, neighborhoods, and the community.

The 8th Annual Awards will be presented Thursday, November 8 at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Harro East Ballroom, 155 North Chestnut St. Tickets go on sale in September. Last year's awards luncheon sold out.

This year's Urban Observations keynote speaker will renowned sculptor,  Albert Paley .
Nominations are being sought from the public for two awards:
  • The Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism: Named in honor of the longtime Rochester activist and philanthropist, this award recognizes civic spirit, persistence and determination in turning a vision into reality. Judges will consider: 
  • Passion, endurance and advocacy to advance a difficult undertaking that may have included many steps and phases; 
  • Actions to achieve a change to meet a community's needs; 
  • Efforts that achieved an unambiguous, visible and significant change in a place;
  • Commitment to involve community members, who then also pursued challenging paths.
  • Robert Macon Award for Urban Innovation: This award honors the late architect Robert Macon's contributions to the Rochester area. Bob is remembered for his civic contributions and transformative projects that spanned a 30-year career. Eligible projects may be new designs or reuses of existing structures. Judges will consider: 
  • Excellence in a building, development or planning effort that solved a design or reuse problem in a distinctive way; 
  • The extent to which the completed project or established program demonstrates enduring and notable design or replicable reuse standards; 
  • Application of technical solutions to a problem, including the use of quality materials; 
  • Ability to integrate seamlessly into a community's context.

A third award, the Joni Monroe Award , is nominated by the CDC Rochester Board of Directors, in honor of the founder and former CDC Rochester executive director. It recognizes efforts that advance the enhancement and vibrancy of the public realm. The directors will consider:
  • Efforts that have enhanced the public realm and contributed to its vibrancy;
  • Demonstrated high quality level of community design, planning, policy and expertise;
  • Visible success of an endeavor over an extended period of time;
  • Communication of a vision.
How to Nominate
Application forms are online now at . All materials must be received by 12 noon Friday, September 14 and may be submitted via e-mail to , hand delivered, or mailed to the Community Design Center Rochester, 1115 E. Main St., Door #3B (Box #61), Rochester, NY 14609.

Questions related to the nominations may be directed to the CDC Rochester at 585-271-0520.

CDC Rochester  is the Rochester region's only non-profit, citizen-driven organization dedicated to promoting healthy, sustainable communities by encouraging quality design and thoughtful use of built and natural resources. Its design professionals, planners, and citizens serve as a collaborative resource providing design guidance and recommendations. CDCR organizes the annual Reshaping Rochester Series and Awards. CDCR has worked with neighborhoods and communities such as Corn Hill, Maplewood/Dewey, PLEX, Joseph Avenue, Upper Monroe, Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood, Marketview Heights, the Town of Pittsford, Town of Brighton, Lima, Penn Yan and more.