Thirty-Second Annual Awards for Excellence in Design
About the Design Commission

Established in 1898 as the Art Commission, New York City’s design review agency was renamed the Design Commission in July 2008 to better reflect its mission. The Design Commission reviews permanent works of art, architecture and landscape architecture proposed on or over City-owned property. It is composed of 11 members, and includes an architect, landscape architect, painter and sculptor as well as representatives of the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library. For more information, please visit the Design Commission’s Web site.

Signe Nielsen
President
Landscape Architect

Philip E. Aarons
Vice President
Lay Member

Guy Nordenson
Secretary
Lay Member

Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos
The New York Public Library

Maria Elena Gonzalez
Sculptor

Byron Kim
Painter

Otis Pratt Pearsall
Brooklyn Museum

James Stewart Polshek
Architect

Paula Scher
Lay Member

Kandace V. Simmons
Mayor’s Representative

Ann G. Tenenbaum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Keri Butler, Director of Art & Conservation
Alicia West, Director of Capital Projects
Julianna Monjeau, Manager of Archives & Special Collections
Tom Campbell, Capital Projects Manager
Alyssa DesRochers, Manager of Public Programs
Alexandra Giffen, Archives Intern

Toby Allan Schust, Designer