the Neighborhood Design Center

How does co-design work?

The Neighborhood Design Center specializes in participatory design and planning services that support equity in the built environment. Through a process we call co-design, we collaborate with our community partners to engage stakeholders — from funders and government agencies to neighborhood leaders and residents — and create responsive, community-driven design solutions. Our work enhances fundraising applications, garners public support for community-led projects, and is an advocacy tool for community members who are building healthy, welcoming places. 

How much do services cost?

Our services are available at no cost (pro bono), sliding scale, and market rate, depending on the project. With a staff of dedicated designers, facilitators and project managers — supported by a robust network of volunteer planners, architects, and artists — we partner on projects large and small, across jurisdictions in Maryland and Washington, D.C. 

How do we get started?

Whether you are a community organization, nonprofit, government agency, or firm, we encourage you to reach out to discuss your goals and needs.


Landscape Design and Environmental Resilience Planning

Well-designed public landscapes and gardens provide meaningful community spaces, mental restoration, and room for reflection and healing. We work across scales and specialize in participatory planning — because great designs are informed by and for the community.

    • Community Landscape Design

    • Schoolyards and Learning Environments

    • Green Infrastructure Design and Planning

    • Community Forestry

    • Multimodal Transportation and Pedestrian Planning


Architecture and Community Planning

The Architecture and Community Planning team at the Neighborhood Design Center specializes in participatory architectural design, place-based arts initiatives, and planning. Our team of architects, designers, planners, and engagement specialists hold strong commitments to design excellence, social justice, and responsive plans that prioritize community power and increased local self-determination.

    • Engagement and Facilitation

    • Community Planning

    • Architectural and Interior Design

    • Arts Planning and Cultural Programming

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.