MASterworks Awards

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 Domino Park, New Lab, the Fulton Center, McCarren Pool, TKTS Booth, the High Bridge, and the Museum at Eldridge Street.

Nominations for the 2020 MASterworks Awards, honoring projects that were substantially completed in 2019, are now closed. Winning projects will be recognized in the following categories at MAS’s annual awards ceremony, Celebrating the City, taking place in spring of 2020:

  • 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 Urban Amenity for an addition to the built environment that contributes to a more livable city
  • Best New Infrastructure for distinctive design in public service projects
  • exterior of Columbia University's building, The Forum
    2019 MASterworks Award Winner, Best New Building, Columbia University: The Forum. Design: Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Architects in collaboration with Dattner Architects.  Design Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Executive Architect: Dattner Architects. Associate Architect: Caples Jefferson Architects. Photo: © Nic Lehoux.
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  • rendering of Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park
    2019 MASterworks Award Winner, Best Urban Landscape, Hunter's Point South Waterfront Park, Phase II. Park Designers: SWA/BALSLEY and WEISS/MANFREDI. Prime Consultant and Infrastructure Designer: ARUP. Photo: ©Tatham/SWA, courtesy of SWA/Balsley and WEISS/MANFREDI.
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  • exterior of 462 Broadway
    2019 MASterworks Award Winner, Best Restoration, 462 Broadway. Architect: PBDW Architects (Samuel White and Brigitte Cook) Developer/Owner/Client: Meringoff Properties General Contractor: Archstone Builders LLC Restoration Contractor: MRS Inc. Metal Fabrication: Allen Architectural Metals Window and Door Fabricator: Artistic Windows. Photo: Francis Dzikowski Photography.
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  • rendering of the Sunset Park Interim Library
    2019 MASterworks Award Winner, Best Adaptive Reuse, Sunset Park Interim Library. Architect: Leroy Street Studio Architecture. General Contractor: Sciame Construction. Project Client: Brooklyn Public Library. Photo: Halkin/Mason Photography. Leroy Street Studio.
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  • high angle view of Domino Park
    2019 MASterworks Award Winner, Best New Urban Amenity, Domino Park. Developer: Two Trees Management. Landscaper: James Corner Field Operations. Photo: Daniel Levin.
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  • the renovated Pier 35 in Manhattan
    2019 MASterworks Award Winner, Best New Infrastructure, Pier 35. Architect: SHoP Architects. Landscape Architects: Ken Smith Workshop. Structural Engineer: ARUP. Civil Engineer: HDR Design. Builder: Hunter Roberts Construction Group. Project Client: NYCEDC. Lighting Consultant: Tillotson Design Associates. Code Consultant: CCI. Acoustical Engineer: ARUP. Sustainability Consultant: ARUP. ADA Consultant: CCI. Geotechnical Consultant: ARUP. Photo: SHoP Architects.
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2020 MASterworks Jury:

  • Sarah Carroll, Chair, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
  • Susan Chin, FAIA, Hon. ASLA, Principal, Design Connects
  • Andrew B. Cogan, Chairman and CEO, Knoll Inc.
  • Richard Olcott, FAIA, MAS Board of Directors, Chair of the MAS Preservation Committee & Design Partner, Ennead Architects
  • Avinash Rajagopal, Editor-in-Chief, Metropolis



Columbia University: The Forum – Best New Building

462 Broadway – Best Restoration

Sunset Park Interim Library – Best Adaptive Reuse

Domino Park – Best New Urban Amenity

Pier 35 – Best New Infrastructure

Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, Phase II – Best Urban Landscape


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


The Montauk Club – Best Restoration

A/D/O – Best Adaptive Reuse

New Lab – Best Neighborhood Catalyst

New York Public Library, 53rd Street Branch – Best New Urban Amenity

Public Safety Answering Center II – Best New Infrastructure

Governors Island Phase 2: The Hills – Best New Urban Landscape

Roy and Diana Vagelos Center – Best New Building

children play on the shore near the Brooklyn Bridge. Photo: Giles Ashford.

As we look ahead to 2020, MAS is proud to fight alongside you for the city we want—a place where growth is balanced and character endures.

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exterior of Lever House in Manhattan

Winning Landmark Status for the Lever House

As Lever House is threatened with demolition, MAS successfully advocates for its designation as a landmark, the first from the mid-century era. Photo: Seth Tisue, Boston, Massachusetts.

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