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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 or peruse our past awardees.

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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

There’s an amazing symbiotic relationship between our volunteers and community members. The local designers and experts who dedicate their talents to community projects learn from the community about the area’s needs and challenges, while residents get exposed to key design and implementation processes. Volunteers report their experience to be engaging and enriching!

Johnny Macon, Former NDC Staff and Sarah Hope, NDC Volunteer and Former Board Member share project work.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Mt. Sinai Digital Equity Hub

Baltimore

Do you have a passion for digital equity and accessibility? Do you love designing flexible spaces for community uses? In conjunction with the City of Baltimore's broadband strategy, Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Baltimore's Johnston Square will be connected to the city's new fiber network. In order to extend the reach of the church's fiber connectivity, they would like to be able to offer up their space as a digital equity hub, where residents can come and access the internet and improve their digital literacy.

Architects and interior designers with experience with computer labs, community centers, or library design are encouraged to join the team. Please email Julia DiMauro at jdimauro@ndc-md.org with questions or to express your interest in the project.

York Rd Facades

Baltimore

Are you interested in retail district revitalization and supporting Black-owned businesses? The York Road Initiative is looking to build upon the 2015 York Road Corridor Vision and Action Plan with designs and funding for façade improvements for local business owners in the 5400 and 5500 Blocks of York Road. The group aims to support local business owners with sprucing up their storefronts and making the corridor more cohesive as a whole.

We are looking for experienced architects and landscape architects with an interest in community development and retail design to join these efforts. Please email Julia DiMauro at jdimauro@ndc-md.org with questions or to express your interest in the project.

Franciscan Center of Baltimore

Baltimore

Do you have an eye for wayfinding and an interest in supporting a historic and vital institution in Baltimore’s Station North? The Franciscan Center of Baltimore wants to reimagine their building’s façade and the exterior of their main entrance. With the Center’s entrance located in the northbound alley (Mace St.), they are seeking improvements to the wayfinding, infrastructure, and greenery of this entrance, with the goal of empowering those who come to the center to arrive in dignity and to better represent the Center’s historic presence in the neighborhood.

We’re looking for architects, landscape architects, and environmental graphic designers with experience designing façades to help the Franciscan Center dream big. Please email Julia DiMauro at jdimauro@ndc-md.org with questions or to express your interest in the project.

Eagle Harbor Landscape Beautification

Prince George's County

Are you a landscape designer or horticulturalist interested in African American cultural heritage?

Founded in 1929, the Town of Eagle Harbor has offered a resort‐style refuge for Washington‐area African Americans for almost 100 years. Located on the Patuxent River in the far southeast corner of Prince George's County, the rich story of this small community represents a significant chapter of Black history in Maryland. NDC is partnering with the Town to support community-engaged beautification efforts in several locations. We need experienced landscape designers to explore appropriate plant and landscape choices that best reflect the heritage and community aspirations.

To express interest in the project, please contact Sophie Morley, smorley@ndc-md.org

Design Advisor for Safe Arts Spaces

Baltimore

Are you interested in Baltimore’s art scene and the places where creating happens? NDC’s Arts Space Technical Assistance (ASTA) program staff work with artist owned and/or operated spaces in developing code compliant conceptual plans and offering guidance in navigating Baltimore City’s permitting and regulatory process. We also help artists visualize their dream space. The mission behind the ASTA program is to give arts spaces, places, and the people who run them a chance to stabilize and grow. 

We are looking to establish a design advisor group of experienced and/or licensed architects with a close knowledge of local building codes to provide support and mentorship for NDC staff working on the ASTA program. We anticipate the Design Advisor Group may meet up to once a month to provide feedback in the form of a conceptual design crit, or to have an open dialogue on the different approaches for bringing buildings into code compliance.

If you are interested in putting your expertise to use in supporting the arts community in Baltimore City, with likeminded people, or if you have questions regarding the role or program, please email Karla Brent at kbrent@ndc-md.org.

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“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