Community Design Works

The feeling of inspiration that has resulted from NDC’s work is spreading across our neighborhoods like a wildfire. We can never thank you enough for what you have and continue to do through our continued partnership to transform our community.” – Southwest Partnership

The Neighborhood Design Center’s Community Design Works program provides conceptual design assistance to community-initiated projects using volunteers from the professional design community. The types of projects with which we assist include architectural, landscape architectural, and planning initiatives in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County.

We believe that these unlikely partnerships provide mutual benefit, offering invaluable on-the-job training and exposure to members of the design community and positioning historically disinvested neighborhoods to attract future investment. NDC adds value to a project early in the project development process through feasible and sustainable conceptual designs so our community partners can better communicate their vision with potential funders and implementation partners.

Learn more about Community Design Works via our Application for Project Assistance. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis by both offices. A nominal administrative fee ($100-$1,000) is requested on all accepted projects and is assessed on a sliding scale based on the scope of the project and the applicant organization.

Design assistance through the CDW program is focused on the initial design phase, known as “conceptual” or “schematic” design. CDW covers only this initial design phase, allowing NDC to help as many organizations as possible launch their projects. After you work with us, your project may need additional design investigation and technical expertise to meet the level of detail required for permitting and/or construction. NDC and its volunteers assume no responsibility or liability for any unauthorized use of conceptual plans. We encourage our partners to obtain the services of a design firm, architect, or landscape architect as needed for design services beyond conceptual design, and to build into their project budget the fees for those services.

Right click to download the application for Community Design Works

Here are some of our highlighted projects from Community Design Works:

Sisson Street Lot

Riverdale Park Winter Pop-Up Farmers Market

Branch Avenue in Bloom Community Garden

West North Avenue Streetscape Conceptual Master Plan

Volunteer on a Community Design Works Project

Community Design Works projects are our most common volunteer opportunities. NDC design volunteers get to tackle real-world problems with down-to-earth design solutions, while learning from community residents who are experts in their own neighborhoods, and from fellow professionals in the design community. To see projects for which we are currently recruiting volunteer design professionals, visit our Get Involved page.

For more information about Community Design Works, or to submit an application, please contact the staff for your area:

Baltimore City

Katryna Carter, Program Manager
410.777.5644 •

Prince George’s County

Allie O’Neill, Program Manager
301.830.6425 •