Awards + Medals

Celebrating the art, architecture, and activism that deepens our understanding of the city and enriches the lives of New Yorkers.

The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (JKO) Medal is awarded annually to individuals who, through vision, leadership, and philanthropy, have made an extraordinary contribution to New York City. 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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2022 Honorees

Jon Batiste, Clara Wu Tsai & Joe Tsai, and Earl D. Weiner

November 9, 2022
2022 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal Celebration

On November 9, 2022, we presented the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal, the Municipal Art Society’s highest honor, to four extraordinary New Yorkers: Jon Batiste, Clara Wu Tsai & Joe Tsai, and Earl D. Weiner.

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.

On September 21, 2022, MAS celebrated the winner of the 2021 Brendan Gill Prize, filmmaker John Wilson for his HBO television series, How To with John Wilson. The ceremony was held at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) in Queens, and included an engaging conversation about the show with John Wilson and members of the Brendan Gill Prize Jury.

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2021 Honoree

John Wilson, “How To with John Wilson”

Established in 2001, the MASterworks Awards pay tribute to projects completed in the previous year that exemplify excellence in architecture and urban design. From iconic buildings to hidden neighborhood gems, our list of past winners includes the likes of Weeksville Heritage Center, Manhattan District 1/2/5 Garage & Salt Shed, the Fulton Center, McCarren Pool and Bathhouse, the Tenement Museum, the TKTS Booth, El Barrio Bait Station, the High Bridge, and the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park.

The nomination period for the 2022 MASterworks is now closed. All nominated projects must be located in New York City and have been completed in 2021. Projects can be nominated in up to two of the following categories:

  • Best New Building for outstanding architectural design
  • Best Urban Landscape for a new or revitalized open space that contributes to livability and resilience
  • Best Restoration for a project that expertly enhances the original qualities of a significant historic building or structure
  • Best Adaptive Reuse for a project that demonstrates exceptional creativity in adaptive reuse of an existing building or structure
  • Best New Infrastructure for distinctive design in public service projects
  • Best New Urban Amenity for an addition to the built environment that contributes to a more livable city

Every year, MAS convenes an esteemed jury of architects, designers, preservationists, scholars, and critics to select the winners of the MASterworks Awards. Past jury members have included Justin Davidson, Architecture and Classical Music Critic, New York Magazine; Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG; Alexandra Lange, Architecture Critic, Curbed; Justin Garrett Moore, then-Executive Director, NYC Public Design Commission; Benjamin Prosky, Executive Director, AIA New York / Center for Architecture; and Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects.

The 2022 MASterworks Jury includes the following acclaimed individuals:

Angel Ayón, Principal, AYON Studio
Debbie Millman, Host, Design Matters
Pascale Sablan, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Senior Associate Adjaye Associates, Founder & Executive Director Beyond the Built Environment LLC
Tina Vaz, MAS Board of Directors and Head, Meta Open Arts
Sara Zewde, PLA, Principal, Studio Zewde; Assistant Professor of Practice, Harvard University.

Winning projects will be honored this fall with a public program featuring in-person explorations of project sites and virtual conversations with project teams. RSVP for our confirmed programs, linked below:

MASterworks Explorations: Northeast Bronx YMCA: Saturday, October 29, 12:00–1:00 PM

MASterworks Explorations: Little Island: Wednesday, November 2, 4:30–5:30 PM

MASterworks Explorations: Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library Master Plan: Phase 1: Thursday, November 3, 10-11 AM

MASterworks Conversations: Fountain of the Fairs Mist Garden: Wednesday, November 16, 6:00–7:00 PM

MASterworks Explorations: Adams Street Library: Thursday, November 29, 10:00–11:00 AM

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2021 Honorees

Amant – Best New Building

Endale Arch – Best Restoration

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library – Best Adaptive Reuse

Newtown Creek Nature Walk – Best New Urban Amenity

LaGuardia Terminal B Arrivals & Departures Hall – Best New Infrastructure

Pier 26 at Hudson River Park – Best Urban Landscape

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

NYC Open Streets and Neighborhoods Now: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

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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