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2009 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal

On Monday, October 26, the Municipal Art Society of New York will present its highest honor to two New Yorkers who have made extraordinary contributions to the city of New York. Peter L. Malkin and Robert A.M. Stern. The Medal is named for our former MAS board member as a tribute to her tireless efforts to protect New York’s great architecture. As the “voice for the future of our city,” MAS awards the Medal to individuals whose work and deeds have had an extraordinary impact on New York will continue to shape the city for years to come.

While internationally renowned as an architect, Bob is also a visionary urban planner who helped to transform the theater block of New York’s 42nd Street. He has been an outspoken advocate for the preservation of New York’s twentieth-century buildings including his involvement in MAS’ campaign to save Eero Saarinen’s iconic TWA Terminal at JFK Airport. Finally, as if heading the Yale School of Architecture were not enough to signal Bob’s intellectual standing in his field, he has demonstrated profound erudition as co-author of a series of award-winning books (five volumes in all) on New York City. This remarkable accomplishment was the product of over 20 years of dedicated scholarship.

Bob’s co-honoree, developer Peter Malkin, is the distinguished owner of one of New York’s – and of the world’s – most iconic buildings, the Empire State Building. Through his “greening” initiative to reduce the building’s energy use by nearly 40 percent by 2013, Peter and his firm have won the praises of environmental experts worldwide, as well as of the Clinton Global Initiative. He is also the founder of the city’s two largest business improvement districts, including the Grand Central Partnership, for which he spearheaded the campaign to fund the restoration of the terminal’s famed constellation ceiling.

I hope you will support Bob and and join us for this presentation. Your participation will support the Municipal Art Society and its critical role in fighting for intelligent urban planning, design and preservation in New York City. We look forward to seeing you both on October 26.