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 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 will be announced shortly. Winning projects will be honored this fall with a public program featuring in-person explorations of project sites and virtual conversations with project teams.

  • 2021 BEST NEW BUILDING: Amant. Photo: Rafael Gamo. Courtesy of SO–IL.
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  • 2021 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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  • 2021 BEST RESTORATION: Endale Arch. Exterior view of Endale Arch AFTER restoration. Photo: Paul Martinka.
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  • 2021 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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  • 2021 BEST NEW INFRASTRUTURE: LaGuardia Terminal B Arrivals & Departures Hall. LGA Terminal B Departures Level. Photo: LaGuardia Gateway Partners.
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  • 2021 BEST NEW URBAN AMENITY: Newtown Creek Nature Walk. Photo: Jean Schwarzwalder and Department of Environmental Protection.
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  • 2021 SPECIAL RECOGNITION: NYC Open Streets. 34th Ave., Open Street in Queens. Photo: NYCDOT.
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  • 2021 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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Select Past Honorees

2021

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

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

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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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