The Public Design Commission is dedicating this year’s event to our city parks, which have been essential for safe social gathering, recreation, and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Parks maintenance, operations and conservation staff who have devoted their time to maintaining these open spaces for all New Yorkers.

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About the Design Awards

The Architect's Newspaper: Parks and Playgrounds Lead the NYC Public Design Commission's 39th Excellence in Design Awards

Architect Magazine: NYC Public Design Commission Names Excellence in Design Winners

39th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design Award Recipients

Reconstruction of Grant Park

Grant Avenue between East 169th Street and East 170th Street, Bronx
A project of the Department of Parks & Recreation and the Department of Transportation

Brownsville Library Renovation and Expansion
61 Glenmore Avenue, Brooklyn
A project of the Department of Design and Construction and Brooklyn Public Library
LTL Architects
Architectural Preservation Studio
Local Office Landscape + Urban Design

Construction of Bushwick Inlet Park, Motiva Parcel
Kent Avenue between North 14th Street and North 15th Street, Brooklyn
A project of the Department of Parks & Recreation
Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP

Reconstruction of Ericsson Playground
Adjacent to M.S. 126, Manhattan Avenue and Leonard Street, Brooklyn
A project of the Department of Parks & Recreation
James Corner Field Operations

Reconstruction of Soccer Fields at the Red Hook Recreation Area, Phase IV
Clinton Street, Bay Street, and Court Street, Brooklyn
A project of the Department of Park & Recreation
Abel Bainnson Butz, LLP

Paradise Parados by Teresita Fernández
Robert W. Wilson Sculpture Terrace at BAM Strong, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
A project of the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Brooklyn Academy of Music
Teresita Fernández
Camber Studio

Reconstruction of the Pool and Rink at the Harlem Meer
Central Park between East Drive and the Harlem Meer, Manhattan
A project of the Department of Parks & Recreation and the Central Park Conservancy
Central Park Conservancy In-house Design
Susan T. Rodriguez Architecture & Design

Public Health Laboratory at the Harlem Hospital Center
40 West 137th Street, Manhattan
A project of the Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Reconstruction of Gorman Playground
84th Street, 25th Avenue, 85th Street, and 30th Avenue, East Elmhurst, Queens
A project of the Department of Parks & Recreation
DPR In-house

Reconstruction of Dongan Playground
Adjacent to P.S. 52, Dongan Hills Avenue, Mason Avenue, and Buel Avenue, Staten Island
A project of the Department of Parks & Recreation
DPR In-house

Modular Comfort Station Prototype for Parks Citywide
A project of the Department of Parks & Recreation
1100 Architect

Waterfowl Management Program Building
Kensico Reservoir, Valhalla
A project of the Department of Environmental Protection
Hazen and Sawyer
Goshow Architects


Citywide parks maintenance, operations, and art conservation staff, for their dedication and efforts providing safe and welcoming open spaces, which have been particularly critical for the health and wellbeing of New Yorkers during the pandemic, including the Department of Parks & Recreation, Asphalt Green, Bronx River Alliance, Bryant Park Corporation / 34th Street Partnership, Central Park Conservancy, City Parks Foundation, Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Forest Park Trust, Friends of the High Line, Greenbelt Conservancy, Historic House Trust, Hudson Yards Hell's Kitchen Alliance, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Lower East Side Ecology Center, Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York Restoration Project, Prospect Park Alliance, Randall's Island Park Alliance, Riverside Park Conservancy, The Battery Conservancy, and Times Square Alliance.    

Citywide Coastal Resiliency initiatives, including the Raise Shoreline program, the US Army Corps Staten Island Coastal Storm Risk Management and Rockaways Atlantic Shorefront Projects, East Side Coastal Resiliency, Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency, and the Interim Flood Protection Measures by the Mayor’s Office of Climate Resiliency, New York City Economic Development Corporation, Department of Design and Construction, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Transportation, New York City Emergency Management, and the US Army Corps of Engineers.