MASterworks Awards

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 neighborhood gems, our list of past winners includes the likes of Weeksville Heritage Center, Manhattan District 1/2/5 Garage & Salt Shed, Adams Street Library, McCarren Pool and Bathhouse, the Tenement Museum, the TKTS Booth, El Barrio Bait Station, the High Bridge, and the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park.

View photos from the 2023 MASterworks Awards ceremony on Flickr.

The 2024 Call for MASterworks Nominations is now open through Monday, July 8th. Make a MASterworks submission. For any questions, email events@mas.org

  • Staten Island Animal Care Center. Photo: Eduard Hueber.
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  • David Geffen Hall. Photo: Michael Moran.
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  • Mercury Store. Photo: Naho Kubota.
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  • Powerhouse Arts. Photo: Iwan Baan, 2023.
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  • Grand Central Madison & 42nd Street Corridor Connection. Photo: Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
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  • Battery Playscape. Photo: Sahar Coston-Hardy | ESTO.
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Criteria

All nominated projects must be located in New York City and have been completed in the previous year. 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
  • Best Environmental Innovation for an exceptional project that enhances the environmental resiliency of the city

2023 Recipients

  • Staten Island Animal Care Center – Best New Building
  • David Geffen Hall – Best Restoration
  • Mercury Store – Best Adaptive Reuse
  • Powerhouse Arts – Best New Urban Amenity
  • MTA – Grand Central Madison & 42nd Street Corridor Connection – Best New Infrastructure
  • Battery Playscape – Best Urban Landscape

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exterior of Lever House in Manhattan
1980

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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