MASterworks Awards

Established in 2001, the MASterworks Awards pay tribute each year to projects that make a significant contribution to New York City’s built environment. Selected each year by an esteemed jury, past honored projects have included some of the city’s most iconic buildings to its hidden gems, such as the likes of Roberto Clemente State Park, Sunset Park Interim Library, Weeksville Heritage Center, Pier 35, Manhattan District 1/2/5 Garage & Salt Shed, McCarren Pool and Bathhouse, Queens Museum, and many more.

Please join MAS in congratulating the following projects selected for 2021 MASterworks Awards, and view a special digital tribute to this year’s winners by clicking here.

As a part of Archtober and NYCxDESIGN, MAS has also curated a selection of in person explorations and online in-conversations with this year’s honored projects. Check for a list of upcoming MASterworks programs

  • Best New Building: Amant. For outstanding architectural design
  • Best Urban Landscape: Pier 26 at Hudson River Park. For a new or revitalized open space that contributes to livability and resilience
  • Best Restoration: Endale Arch. For a project that expertly enhances the original qualities of a significant historic building or structure
  • Best Adaptive Reuse: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library. For a project that demonstrates exceptional creativity in adaptive reuse of an existing building or structure
  • Best New Infrastructure: LaGuardia Terminal B Arrivals & Departures Hall. For distinctive design in public service projects
  • Best New Urban Amenity: Newtown Creek Nature Walk. For an addition to the built environment that contributes to a more livable city.
  • The jury also chose to give special recognition to the following projects that responded creatively and thoughtfully to New York’s challenges in 2020: NYC Open Streets and Neighborhoods Now: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.

  • BEST NEW BUILDING: Amant. Photo: Rafael Gamo. Courtesy of SO–IL.
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  • BEST URBAN LANDSCAPE: Pier 26 at Hudson River Park. Sweeping over the rocky tidal eco-zone, the viewing deck evokes a sense of wonder and exhilaration—ensuring that new memories will shape future stewards of this vital environment. Photo: Max Giuliani for Hudson River Park Trust.
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  • BEST RESTORATION: Endale Arch. Exterior view of Endale Arch AFTER restoration. Photo: Paul Martinka.
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  • BEST ADAPTIVE REUSE: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library. The iconic design of SNFL, a multi-faceted complement to the Stephen A Schwarzman Building across Fifth Avenue, reflects its central role in NYPL’s system. Photo: John Bartelstone. Courtesy of NYPL.
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  • BEST NEW INFRASTRUTURE: LaGuardia Terminal B Arrivals & Departures Hall. LGA Terminal B Departures Level. Photo: LaGuardia Gateway Partners.
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  • BEST NEW URBAN AMENITY: Newtown Creek Nature Walk. Photo: Jean Schwarzwalder and Department of Environmental Protection.
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  • SPECIAL RECOGNITION: NYC Open Streets. 34th Ave., Open Street in Queens. Photo: NYCDOT.
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  • SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Neighborhoods Now: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. Visualization Study – Concept envisioning of graphic wayfinding and living decals for social distancing and navigating to community services. Illustration: Restoration Team (KPF, Field Operations, Farzana Gandhi Design Studio, AE Superlab, JB&B).
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2021 MASterworks Jury:

  • Justin Davidson | Architecture and Classical Music Critic, New York Magazine
  • Lisa Switkin, FAAR, ASLA | Senior Principal, James Corner Field Operations
  • Calvin Tsao, FAIA, FAAR | Principal, Tsao & McKown Architects & MAS Board of Directors
  • Weston Walker, AIA, LEED AP | Design Principal and Partner, Studio Gang
  • Vicki Weiner | Adjunct Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator of Historic Preservation, Pratt Institute

Select Past Honorees


Madison Square Boys & Girls Club Pinkerton Clubhouse – Best New Building

The Fire Watchtower at Marcus Garvey Park – Best Restoration

TWA Hotel – Best Adaptive Reuse

Essex Market / The Market Line – Best New Urban Amenity

El Barrio Bait Station – Best New Infrastructure

The Reconstruction of Roberto Clemente State Park – Best Urban Landscape


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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