Rural Design for a New Future!
A recording of the third presentation in our Rural Design webinar series, Rural Design for a New Future, is now posted. 

From the Blog

  • Bringing Mt. Zion Baptist Church Back to Life: CIRD Workshop in Athens, OH

    October 13, 2020
    Over the summer of 2020, CIRD worked remotely with Mt. Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society to support the preservation, rehabilitation, and adaption of the historic church building into a hub for social, cultural, and economic opportunity for members of the black community in Athens, OH.
  • The Wichita Dome is a sculpture inspired by the grass homes of Native Americans who lived in the area. (Photo credit: Wichita Falls Alliance of Arts and Culture)

    Take-Aways from Webinar II: CIRD in the Time of COVID-19

    May 28, 2020
    Partners of Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) across rural America wanted an opportunity to hear from their peers at the intersection of rural planning, design, and ultimately, resilience. The “CIRD in the Time of COVID” webinar sought to provide that very opportunity.
Over 60 workshops in all regions of the country.
Where We Work

Established in 1991, the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design has convened more than 60 workshops in all regions of the country, empowering residents to leverage local assets for the future in order to build better places to live, work, and play.

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CIRD supports host communities before and after their workshops via informational conference calls and webinars that cover critical topics in community engagement, rural design, partnership development, and workshop planning.