MASterworks Awards


Now Accepting Nominations for the 2016 Awards

There are over one million properties in New York City. Each year, just a few are chosen by the Municipal Art Society for the MASterworks Awards.

Presented annually since 1988, the awards recognize projects with an excellence in architecture and urban design that make a significant contribution to New York City’s built environment.

Did you work on or do you know of any great new architectural projects completed in 2015?

Deadline: Wednesday, January 27, 5:00 PM

About the MASterworks Awards

Presented annually since 1988, the MASterworks Awards recognize projects with an excellence in architecture and urban design that make a significant contribution to New York City’s built environment.


All nominations must be located in New York City and must have been completed in 2015.

Award Categories
  • Best New Building for outstanding new design
  • Best Restoration for excellence in restoration or adaptive reuse of a historically-significant building
  • Best Neighborhood Catalyst for a project that has been an engine for change in its neighborhood
  • Best New Urban Amenity for a new addition to the built environment that contributes to a more livable city
  • Best New Infrastructure for projects exemplifying excellence in city infrastructure design
  • Best Urban Landscape for a new open space that contributes to New York’s livability and resilience

Previous MASterworks Winners

2015 Winners

Fulton Center as Best New Building
1000 Dean Street and Berg’n as Best Neighborhood Catalyst
NYC Emergency Housing Prototype as Best New Infrastructure
Hudson Square Standard as Best New Urban Amenity
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum as Best Restoration
The Engineering Quandrangle, Pratt as Best Urban Landscape

2014 Winners

Weeksville Heritage Center as Best New Building
Englehardt Addition, Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory as Best Restoration
BRIC Arts Media House & Urban Glass as Best Neighborhood Catalyst
Le Frak Center at Lakeside as Best Urban Amenity
Brooklyn Bridge Park as Best Urban Landscape
The Queens Museum as Best Adaptive Reuse
NYC DDC Zerega Avenue Emergency Medical Services Building as Best New Infrastructure
Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216, and P.S. 261 School and Community Playground as Best Green Design Initiatives

2013 Winners

Campbell Sports Center as Best New Building
McCarren Pool and Bathhouse, 510 Fifth Avenue (Hon. Mention), and Donald Judd Home and Studio (Hon. Mention) as Best Historical Restoration
Barclays Center as Neighborhood Catalyst
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center as Best New Urban Amenity

2012 Winners

New York by Gehry at 8 Spruce Street as Best New Building
New York City Center as Best Historical Restoration
Silberman School of Social Work and Queens Central Library: Children’s Discovery Center as Neighborhood Catalysts
Jane’s Carousel as Best New Urban Amenity

2011 Winners

Hypar Pavilion and Sperone Westwater as Best New Building
Queens Theatre in the Park as Best Historical Restoration
Myrtle Hall at Pratt as Neighborhood Catalysts
High Performance Landscape Guidelines as Best Green Design Initiative

2010 Winners

Thom Mayne’s 41 Cooper Square as Best New Building
The Empire State Building Lobby Restoration as Best Historical Restoration
Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center as Best Redesign
Reef, at Storefront for Art and Architecture as Best Storefront Design
The High Line, The Concrete Plant Park, and West Harlem Piers Park all as Neighborhood Catalysts

2009 Winners

The Standard Hotel as Best New Building
The Lion House at The Bronx Zoo as Best Restoration
The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons, The New School for Design as Best Renovation/Adaptive Reuse
TKTS Booth as Best Neighborhood Catalyst
Melrose Commons as Best Neighborhood Catalyst: Honorable Mention

2008 Winners

The New York Times Building and The IAC Building as Outstanding New Buildings
Museum at Eldridge Street as Best Institutional Restoration
Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) Headquarters as Best Commercial Restoration
The Floating Pool and New Museum of Contemporary Art as Neighborhood Catalysts

2007 Winners

The Hearst Tower as Best New Building
Fifth Avenue Plaza, General Motors Building as Best Privately Owned Public Space
Battery Maritime Building as Best Commercial Restoration
Fairway Market in Red Hook as Best Neighborhood Catalyst