MASterworks

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

The 2019 call for nominations is closed.

Winning projects will be presented with awards at MAS’s annual awards ceremony, Celebrating the City, which will take place in spring 2019.

  • 2018 MASterworks Best New Building: Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse
    2018 MASterworks Best New Building: Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse
    photo 1 of 6
  • 2018 MASterworks Best Restoration: Tenement Museum
    2018 MASterworks Best Restoration: Tenement Museum
    photo 2 of 6
  • 2018 MASterworks Best Adaptive Reuse: Empire Stores
    2018 MASterworks Best Adaptive Reuse: Empire Stores
    photo 3 of 6
  • 2018 MASterworks Best New Urban Amenity: Kew Gardens Hills Library
    2018 MASterworks Best New Urban Amenity: Kew Gardens Hills Library
    photo 4 of 6
  • 2018 MASterworks Best New Infrastructure: Moynihan Train Hall and Farley Building Redevelopment Phase 1
    2018 MASterworks Best New Infrastructure: Moynihan Train Hall and Farley Building Redevelopment Phase 1
    photo 5 of 6
  • 2018 MASterworks Best Urban Landscape: Gowanus Canal Sponge Park
    2018 MASterworks Best Urban Landscape: Gowanus Canal Sponge Park
    photo 6 of 6

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 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 following esteemed jury will select this year’s winning projects:
Barry Bergdoll
| Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University and Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA
J. Yolande Daniels | Co-founding Partner, studioSUMO, Visiting Associate Professor, MIT School of Architecture and Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor, Yale University School of Architecture
Benjamin Prosky, Assoc. AIA | Executive Director, AIA New York / Center for Architecture
Suchi Reddy | Founder, Reddymade
Anne Van Ingen | Chair, Preservation League of New York State

Recipients

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

Help us advocate for the betterment of New York City as we have for 125 years.

Become a member Donate
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.

View Our Full History