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We partner with passionate professionals on exciting projects.

Our volunteers come from a range of backgrounds. If you want to support NDC’s work and have experience in the below disciplines (or something related), we’d love to collaborate.

  • Architecture

  • Urban Planning

  • Interior Design

  • Landscape Architecture

  • Historic Preservation

  • Community Organizing

  • Community Design

  • Stormwater Design

  • Social Design

  • Graphic Design

  • Photography

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Volunteer Opportunities

Rendering Expert

Prince George's County

Can you make quick work of visualizations and help a community see what’s possible for their neighborhood entry sign? The residents of Peppermill Village are excited to work with you! 

This project will move at a quick pace and will involve a few community meetings. 

To volunteer or for any questions, please contact Allie O’Neill

Seat Pleasant Housing

Prince George's County

Technology, History, and Home come together in Seat Pleasant, historically Black community. This inclusive design process will explore what ‘home’ means for the Seat Pleasant community and develop ideas for homes for specific sites in the City and that could be used for other vacant lots in the region. Recognizing Seat Pleasant as A Smart City of Excellence, the team will also consider how technology could be integrated into these concepts.

Architects with experience in single-family, adaptive and senior supportive home design are encouraged to apply. This team will also explore collecting stories of African American life in Prince George’s and we welcome those whose work with storytelling and documentation to this project as well. 

To volunteer or for any questions, please contact Sophie Morley,

Hyattsville Residential Tree Program 

Prince George's County

Are you a talented Graphic Designer who loves the environment, trees, and people? A new program that will support residents of Hyattsville as they maintain and increase the tree canopy needs you!

This project is fast and furious and will work directly with Public Works staff. 

To volunteer or for any questions, please contact Allie O’Neill

Abbottston Elementary School


Make space for play! Abbottston Elementary School aims to transform a two acre, vacant lot next to the school into a mixed-use recreation and education space. Uses for the space will be determined by the school, surrounding neighborhood, and local community. Potential features include tot lots, playgrounds, multi-use ball fields, gardens, outdoor classrooms, and hoop farms. Abbottston Elementary School is requesting support from NDC with redesigning this empty property owned by Baltimore City Public Schools. For this project, we are looking for landscape architects and designers with an interest in K-12 education, sustainability and community development along with experience designing sports fields, playgrounds and outdoor classrooms. To volunteer or for any questions, please feel free to reach out to Katryna Carter at

Juice Works Community Space


More opportunities to design spaces around healthy eating! Juice Works would like to create a community hub in Harwood providing event space, employment opportunities, and education around health and nutrition. The building will include spaces to host meetings, workshops, and afterschool programming around juicing and other food and nutrition topics. Juice Works is seeking NDC’s support with conceptual design of this space adjacent to their current juice bar. For this project, we are looking for architects and interior designers with an interest in nutrition and community development along with experience designing event spaces, food prep environments and classrooms. To volunteer or for any questions, please feel free to reach out to Katryna Carter at



Are you interested in changing the landscape of youth, health and wellness in Baltimore by supporting a supportive community centered around fitness? The leadership of MissionFit is interested in convening an inclusive participatory process to produce an architectural design that addresses inefficient usage of space for both weight training and group classes. Currently, students cram into classrooms with inadequate capacity for their class sizes. MissionFit seeks a design solution that will embody its values as well as provide a place for high-level fitness training and community building to take place. Architects with experience in fitness center and sports club design are encouraged to apply. To volunteer or for any questions please reach out to Katryna Carter at

Charles Village Illegal Dumping Prevention


Are you passionate about keeping north Baltimore’s streets clean and safe? Charles Village Community Benefits District sees the potential in its streets! To determine the best choices for preventing illegal dumping in key locations in this area, our design process will engage neighbors, business owners and other community partners in all stages of the process- from focusing in on the goal, ideating on how to achieve the goal, and prioritizing elements. Won’t you help us keep the Charles Village Community Benefits District as a well-kept place to live, work, and play? Planners, public artists, and environmentalists with an interest in creating community cohesion through design are encouraged to apply. To volunteer or for any questions, please contact Katryna Carter

Signage Guidelines for Arts District Gateway

Prince George's County

Calling all retail design experts! The Mount Rainier Artists Lofts at 3311 Rhode Island were established in 2005 to provide affordable housing for artists and their families in a live/work model. They are in need of signage guidelines that address individual commercial tenant needs, resident needs and acknowledge the building's flagship status in the Gateway Arts District. Elements of the guidelines will include signs, lighting, colors and materiality, public art and sidewalk activation, and will build on landscape plans for the area.

Architects and graphic designers with retail signage experience are encouraged to apply. For more information or to express your interest, email Allie O'Neill


Hyattsville Middle School Learning Courtyard

Prince George's County

Hyattsville Middle School is getting a new 2023. In the meantime, a whole class of students will have graduated. Won’t you help us improve their learning environment by providing design ideas for a welcoming entry and a bright and engaging learning courtyard? Elements of the courtyard that are designed for a more than 5-year lifespan will be reused at the new school. Landscape Architects, Architects, Designers with an interest in learning and creative spaces are encouraged to apply.

Please email Sophie Morley, with questions or to express your interest in the project.


“Working with NDC has taught me to listen to every unique voice in a design process and to always include those voices in design decisions.”

Carol Currotto, Interior Designer

“NDC provided me with an opportunity to work on a project with community stakeholders. I’ve always believed that to have a better understanding of where you are working, you need to go to those communities and talk with the residents.”

Jasmine Forbes, City & Regional Planner


NDC’s annual awards honor the many dedicated volunteers, community partners, and local leaders who make our places great.

Put simply, NDC wouldn’t exist without the dedication of our amazing volunteers and community partners. Do you know a great member of the NDC family who deserves extra recognition? Nominate them! Tell us who you’d like to see celebrated here, or view our past awardees here.