Over the last 14 years the Community Design Resource Center has partnered with nearly four dozen community-based and non-profit organizations to complete as many funded design projects in 35 of Houston’s 88 Super Neighborhoods. We are committed to working side by side with our partners in both big and small ways. 

The CDRC's projects range in scale from community visioning—Collaborative Community Design Initiative—to the implementation of small scale design projects such as the “Zona de Juego” in Magnolia Park, a 600’ long public art project celebrating the history of the neighborhood and encouraging active play for children.  Our projects illustrate our capacity to work creatively and collaboratively at different scales and with multiple partners and diverse communities.


Our partnerships have significantly contributed to the public debate on the role of architecture and good design in catalyzing community change. As we move forward we are designing new ways to engage our community partners, and new ways to enhance the mutuality, reciprocity and impact of our activities.

our Mission: To serve the public interest through design, research, education, and practice focused on enhancing Houston’s communities in partnership with people who call them home.


Susan Rogers, Director
José Mario López
Katherine Polkinghorne

Maria Noguera

Cynthia Cruz



122 College of Architecture Bldg (Rm 102)
Houston, TX 77204-4000
(p) 713.743.2520
(e) skrogers@central.uh.edu