Awards + Medals

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The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO) Medal is awarded annually to individuals and organizations that have made an extraordinary impact on the quality of New York’s built environment. The award was established in 1994 to honor Mrs. Kennedy Onassis and her passionate efforts to preserve great architecture in New York City.

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2018 Honorees

Danny Meyer

Kathryn & Kenneth Chenault

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The 125th Anniversary Gala

Join us as we present the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal, the Municipal Art Society’s highest honor, to three extraordinary New Yorkers and celebrate their legacy of vision, leadership and philanthropy.

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The Brendan Gill Prize is given each year to the creator of a specific work—a book, essay, musical composition, play, painting, sculpture, architectural design, film or choreographic piece—that best captures the spirit and energy of New York City.

The prize was established in 1987 in honor of Brendan Gill by friend and fellow MAS board member Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis along with board members Helen Tucker and Margot Wellington.

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2018 Honorees

Melissa Rachleff, Inventing Downtown: Artist–Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965

Julia Wertz, Tenements, Towers & Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York

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Celebrating the City: 2018 MAS Awards

The 2018 Brendan Gill Prize will be presented on April 11 at Celebrating the City, our annual awards ceremony.

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Selected each year by our esteemed jury, the MASterworks Awards pay tribute to projects that make a significant contribution to New York City’s built environment. From some of the city’s most iconic buildings to inconspicuous local gems, our list of past winners includes the likes of New Lab, the Fulton Center, McCarren Pool, TKTS Booth, the High Bridge, and the Museum at Eldridge Street.

2018 MASterworks Awards

This year’s winning projects were selected by an esteemed jury featuring Dan Allen (Principal, CTA Architects P.C. & President, Historic Districts Council), Amy Freitag (Executive Director, J.M. Kaplan Fund), Amit Khurana (Founding Partner, Sumaida + Khurana & MAS Board of Directors), Alexandra Lange (Architecture Critic, Curbed), and Enrique Norten (Director/Founder, TEN Arquitectos). All nominated projects must be located in New York City and have been substantially completed in 2017.

The 2018 MASterworks Awards will be presented on April 11 at Celebrating the City, our annual awards ceremony.

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2018 Honorees

Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse – Best New Building

Tenement Museum – Best Restoration

Empire Stores – Best Adaptive Reuse

Kew Gardens Hills Library – Best New Urban Amenity

Moynihan Train Hall and Farley Building Redevelopment Phase 1: New West End Concourse – Best New Infrastructure

Gowanus Canal Sponge Park – Best Urban Landscape

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Celebrating the City: 2018 MAS Awards

The 2018 MASterworks Awards will be presented on April 11 at Celebrating the City, our annual awards ceremony.

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The Jane Jacobs Medal is awarded annually to individuals whose work creates new ways of seeing and understanding New York City, challenges traditional assumptions, and creatively uses the urban environment to make New York City a place of hope and expectation. The Rockefeller Foundation awards the medal. It is administered by MAS through a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. The award was created in 2007.

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Recent Honorees

2016

Dr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Mr. PK Das, a Mumbai-based architect and activist

2013

Bette Midler, Entertainer and Founder, New York Restoration Project

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