Reshaping Rochester Awards

Event Information

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
at the Temple B'rith Kodesh
(2131 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY)

with "Urban Observations" keynote presented by special guest Jennifer Leonard, President and CEO of the Rochester Area Community Foundation

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Awards Planning Committee

Jean Dalmath
Maria Furgiuele
Roslyn Bakst Goldman
Amy Hecker
Suzanne Mayer
Bill Price

Presenting Sponsor:
Canadaigue National Bank and Trust

Contributing Sponsor:
Community Foundation


Reshaping Rochester Awards

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Congratulations to this year's 2014 winners!

Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism
Winner: Peter Monacelli
Honorable Mention: Project Scion

Robert Macon Award for Urban Innovation
Winner: Edgemere Development Inc.
Honorable Mention: Birkett Landing

Directors' Award
Winner: Gary Stern for the creation of The Village Gate
Honorable Mention: Genesee Land Trust for their work on the El Camino Trail

News--Winner of 2014 Reshaping Rochester Directors Award Announced

Each year, the Community Design Center presents a special luncheon event to honor the winners of the annual Reshaping Rochester Awards. The awards recognize exemplary regional initiatives and projects that positively impact people, neighborhoods, and the community. The Robert Macon Award for Urban Observation and the Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism Award winners are nominated by the public!

We were pleased this year to have received a record number of inspiring nominations from the public! Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations. After reviewing the nominees, 17 finalists were selected. The finalists and winners will be honored at the Awards Luncheon at Temple B’rith Kodesh on Tuesday, December 2nd. Tickets go on sale in September. The winners and honorable mentions will be announced at the Awards Luncheon.

Click here to see the finalists! 

Reshaping Rochester Award Categories and Past Winners

Robert Macon Award for Urban Innovation

This award, established to honor the late architect Robert Macon, is given for a building, development, or planning effort that has contributed in a unique way to the community and earned praise for its unique solution to urban design and the built environment.

2013 Winner: Memorial Art Gallery Centennial Sculpture Park
Honorable Mention:Rochester Schools Modernization Program

2012 Winner: I-490 Western Gateway Project
Honorable Mention: Urban League of Rochester Economic Development Corporation for The Mills at High Falls

2011 Winner: University of Rochester for the Eastman East Wing Addition and Kodak Hall

Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism
This award, named in honor of Rochester activist Betty Strasenburgh, celebrates civic spirit, persistence and determination that translate vision into reality. It recognizes an individual who has made a personal effort to go beyond boundaries to achieve a goal. These efforts must have made a visible change in a community, and affected people's thinking about the need to pursue challenging paths toward a productive end.

2013 Winner: Richard DeSarra, Bicycle Activist
Honorable Mention: Joseph Avenue Business Association

2012 Winner: Marketview Heights Collective Action Team
Honorable Mention: Tom Ferraro, Executive Director of Foodlink

2011 Winner: Jim Fraser and Jo Dickinson for Community Revitalization efforts in the Clifford/Conkey Neighborhood

Directors' Award
This award, given by RRCDC's Board of Directors, recognizes an individual or organization that has advanced the level of community design, planning, policy and financial competency, achieving visible success over a period of time; following best practices; communicating a vision to the community; maintaining sound financial management; and demonstrating steps to sustain continued success.

203 Winner: South Wedge Planning Committee
Honorable Mention: The Perry Project, Perry, NY

2012 Winner: City of Rochester Public Market
Honorable Mention: The Cultural Center Commission

2011 Winner: Village of Pittsford for Leadership in Planning