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.

Nominations for the 2021 MASterworks Awards closed on June 30, 2021. Winning projects will be notified following a jury meeting in August. Stay tuned for details on the MASterworks Awards ceremony that will take place in the fall.

Eligible projects must be located in New York City and have been completed in 2020. 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.

NOTE: Special consideration will be made for projects that have responded to the needs of New Yorkers during COVID-19.

  • 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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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

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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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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