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. Awards are presented in 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 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

The winners of the 2020 MASterworks Awards are announced below. The MASterworks awards will be presented as a virtual series, celebrating design excellence in New York City. This year’s virtual programming will share MASterworks projects past and present, featuring conversations with this year’s winners, moderated by winners of years past. RSVP to the events below:

  • exterior of the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club Pinkerton Clubhouse
    The Madison Square Boys and Girls Club Pinkerton Clubhouse, winner of the 2020 Masterworks Award for Best New Building. Photo: ROGERS PARTNERS Architects + Urban Designers, photograph by Albert Vecerka Esto.
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  • the Fire Watchtower at Marcus Garvey Park
    The Fire Watchtower at Marcus Garvey Park, winner of the 2020 Masterworks Award for Best Restoration. Photo: New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Thornton Tomasetti, photograph by Alexander Severin.
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  • exterior of the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport
    The TWA Hotel, winner of the 2020 Masterworks Award for Best Adaptive Reuse. Photo: Beyer Blinder Belle, photograph by David Mitchell.
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  • plaza area and shops inside Essex Market
    Essex Market / The Market Line, winner of the 2020 Masterworks Award for Best New Urban Amenity. Photo: SHoP Architects, photograph by QuallsBenson.
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  • El Barrio Bait Station
    El Barrio Bait Station, winner of the 2020 Masterworks Award for Best New Infrastructure. Photo: JACOBSCHANG Architecture, photograph by Ryan Lahiff.
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  • Roberto Clemente State Park
    Roberto Clemente State Park, winner of the 2020 Masterworks Award for Best Urban Landscape. Photo: NV5.
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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

Recipients

2020

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

2019

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

2018

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

2017

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
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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