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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.


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

Tigers in the Wild: Outdoor Learning at Thomas Stone ES

Prince George's County

Taking classes outside has been shown to support student mental health and improve academic performance. Can you lend your design skills to help the students of Thomas Stone ES learn outdoors in a healthy and creative new outdoor classroom? The school has received a generous grant from the City of Mount Rainier to create an outdoor learning space on the school grounds. 

NDC is looking for landscape designers with an interest in outdoor education to work with the school to identify a suitable location for outdoor learning and create designs for the space based on student and teacher aspirations.

Contact Sophie Morley, with questions or to express interest in the project.

Family Resource Room Reimagined

Prince George's County

The community room at Thomas Stone ES  is home to a food and clothes pantry, a resource center for parents and students, meeting space, and computer access point for the community. Run by a dedicated team of staff and volunteers this small but mighty space needs to be reimagined to organize these different functions and create a welcoming aspirational space for the community. 

We are seeking interior designers or architects to create designs for the space that include innovative storage and space layouts, and updated color scheme, and signage ideas.  Lend your skills to a project that will have major impact on families and students throughout the Mount Rainier community!

Contact Sophie Morley,, with questions or to express interest in the project.

Swing Easy! Reimagining the Northwest Park Driving Range


Calling all volunteers with a passion for golf and strong design skills! @The House has an opportunity to redesign an existing driving range to share the sport of golf with young people through community-focused programming.  With our help, they will be able to expand their services and create a recreational amenity for all of Baltimore. 

NDC is seeking landscape, architecture, and urban designers to help @The House, Inc. to  re-open the driving range in Northwest Park as a public amenity. 

Please email Julia DiMauro with questions or to express your interest in the project.

Design Advisor for Safe Arts Spaces


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


“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