2020 MASterworks in Conversation

Design for Park Amenities

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This Archtober, MAS is celebrating design excellence in New York City with our MASterworks Awards! Our virtual program series will feature 2020 honorees paired in conversation, moderated by past winners.

On October 21, we will examine what great design means for parks and the public amenities they provide, especially in this moment. The conversation will include the following (scroll below):

Wednesday, October 21
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM

Virtual Event


  • 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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  • 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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  • plants and walkway at the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park
    Gowanus Canal Sponge Park, winner of the 2018 Masterworks Award for Best Urban Landscape. Photo: DLANDstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture pllc.
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Susannah Drake, FASLA, AIA
MODERATOR; Founding Principal, DLANDstudio

Susannah C. Drake is a principal and founder of DLANDstudio, a leading multidisciplinary design firm. With qualifications in both architecture and landscape architecture, Susannah specializes in complex projects that require a synthesized, analytical, and research-based approach. All of her designs engage diverse systems to create ecologically and socially progressive projects that are equally well-crafted and beautiful.

Sari Chang
Principal, JACOBSCHANG Architecture

Ms. Chang is a principal of JACOBSCHANG Architecture. As a strategic problem solver, design innovator, and public advocate, she focuses on projects that have environmental and social impact while cultivating sustained individual, civic and institutional relationships. Whether working on a project with the NYC Parks Department, a company executive, or a family building a home, she brings the same collaborative leadership.

Robert J. Kornfeld, Jr., AIA
Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

Using the knowledge gained through more than 30 years of experience as a preservation advocate and architect, at Thornton Tomasetti, Mr. Kornfeld is responsible for historic preservation, exterior envelope restoration and historical and technical research — combining innovative technology with traditional building methods. The Fire Watchtower at Marcus Garvey Park, one of America’s few surviving early cast iron structures, is among his many notable restoration projects in the NYC area.

About the 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. 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

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

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