2020 MASterworks in Conversation

Design for Recreation and Community Connection

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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 13, we will examine what great design means to recreation and community connection, especially in this moment.  The conversation will include the following (scroll below):

Tuesday, October 13
5:00 PM — 6:00 PM

Virtual Event


  • 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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  • Roberto Clemente State Park
    Roberto Clemente State Park, winner of the 2020 Masterworks Award for Best Urban Landscape. Photo: NV5.
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  • people ice skating at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside
    The LeFrak Center at Lakeside, winner of the 2014 Masterworks Award for Best New Urban Amenity. Photo: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.
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Billie Tsien
MODERATOR; Partner, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects I Partners

Billie Tsien along with Tod Williams founded their New York architecture practice in 1986.  Their studio focuses on work for institutions such as schools, museums, and not-for-profits with designs that value experience, permanence and enduring vision.  Some of their notable projects include the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Asia Society Hong Kong Center and the LeFrak Center in Prospect Park.  Their current work includes The Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and the renovation of David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center.

Elizabeth Stoel, AIA, LEED AP
Associate Partner, ROGERS PARTNERS Architects+Urban Designers

Ms. Stoel leads many of ROGERS PARTNERS institutional and public projects. From buildings to master plans and landscapes, her work is woven together by a focus on creating meaningful interactions between design and the populations it serves. She strives to produce performative, project-specific, and sustainable relationships between interior and exterior throughout her work. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Princeton University and Master of Architecture from Harvard University.

Jackson Wandres
Director of Urban Landscape Architecture, NV5

Mr. Wandres manages the urban landscape architecture group for the New York City office of NV5, a planning, design and engineering consulting firm. NV5 designs parks, gardens, playgrounds, athletic facilities, streetscapes, urban plazas, bicycle facilities, trails, waterfronts, residential landscapes and many other forms of public and private open space. With 35 years of experience, he has a Master’s degree focused in Urban Design from The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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

NOTE: This event is eligible for 1 CM credit for AICP members (event ID #9205311). For instructions on logging CM credits, please click here.


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