the Neighborhood Design Center

Our Services

We partner with communities and local government agencies to provide top notch design, planning, and capacity-building services.

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: Katryna Carter, or Allie O'Neill,

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,

Street Tree Design

NDC works closely with local government, community leaders, civic groups and homeowner associations to create site-specific street tree design.

Contact: Yasha Magarik,

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: Marita Roos,

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: Dana Puzey,

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: Dana Puzey,