the Neighborhood Design Center

Design for Distancing

This tactical urban design initiative is intended to help small businesses reopen without compromising public health. The effort includes a design competition, a free guidebook, and encompasses over a dozen selected districts across Baltimore city. NDC led this mayoral initiative with the Baltimore Development Corporation.

Contact: Jennifer Goold,

Read more on the Design for Distancing website.

Pro Bono Design Services

Through the Community Design Works program, NDC offers pro bono conceptual design assistance to community-initiated projects related to the built environment.

Contact: Sophie Morley at or Julia DiMauro at

For more information, visit our Pro Bono Page

Place-Based Capacity Building

Through the Place Matters program, NDC partners with place-based organizations to develop networks, skills, and funding (i.e. "capacity") around a place, seeding deep roots from which the neighborhood can thrive and grow.

Contact: Jennifer Goold,

Community Forestry

NDC provides community engagement, design and technical services for street tree design and local forestry management. Partners include local governmental agencies, community leaders, non-profit civic and public health organizations, and neighborhood organizations.

Contact: Jason Sprouls,

Schoolyard Greening

NDC works with schools in Prince George's County through public agency and nonprofit partnerships to provide native tree plantings, teach students about the value of trees, and install outdoor learning spaces.

Contact: Laura Robinson,

Participatory Stormwater management

NDC creates action-oriented design stormwater plans that are water and people friendly, improving water quality while also improving a community's engagement with their landscape.

Contact: Kelly Fleming,

Green Infrastructure and Landscape Design

NDC partners with public agencies to offer communities planting and site design, creating community assets from these sometimes problem sites such as stormwater ponds, medians and public right-of-way landscape projects.

Contact: Kelly Fleming,

Arts Space Technical Assistance

NDC works with artist owned and/or operated spaces in developing their visions, aligning conceptual plans with life safety code compliance, and offering guidance in navigating Baltimore City's approval and regulatory process.

Contact: Karla Brent,, (410) 472-5122

Watch the powerful partnership between NDC and NEHI

The North East Housing Initiative is just one of our amazing partners, but a great example of how the Neighborhood Design Center helps all voices to be heard and provides the tools, plans, and connections to help communites achieve their neighborhood dreams.

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