Reshaping Rochester Awards

Event Information

Fifth Annual Reshaping Rochester Awards
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
at the Temple B'rith Kodesh

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Awards Planning Committee

Jean Dalmath
Roslyn Bakst Goldman
Jason Haremza
Amy Hecker
Suzanne Mayer
Bill Price


Reshaping Rochester Awards

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!

NEWS--21 Finalists Selected for 2015 Reshaping Rochester Awards

Click here for a list of the 2015 Reshaping Rochester Award Finalists!

Finalist Information

Congratulations to all the Finalists! Below you will find Word Files containing instructions on your final submission. All materials should be e-mailed to, mailed or hand delivered to the Design Center, 1115 East Main Street, Door #4, Rochester, New York 14609. 

Please submit these additional materials by September 25, 2015, 5pm:


ReshapingRochesterAwards_Betty Strasenburgh_FinalistApplication2015

Winners and Honorable Mentions for the Macon and Strasenburgh categories will be selected from the finalists by a jury of community members and announced at the annual Reshaping Rochester Awards Luncheon to be held on Wednesday, December 9, from 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Temple B'rith Kodesh. Tickets go on sale in September!

Reshaping Rochester Award Categories

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.

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.

Directors' Award
This award, under the auspices of the Community Design Center’s Board of Directors, recognizes efforts that have advanced the enhancement and promoted the vibrancy of the public realm.  Factors that influence the decision for an award recipient include:

Demonstrated high quality level of community design, planning, policy and expertise;

Visible success of an endeavor over an extended period of time;  

Communication of a vision.


Click here to see past Reshaping Rochester Award winners!