Reshaping Rochester Awards

Event Information

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

"Urban Observations" keynote presentation by Jamal J. Rossi,
Joan and Martin Messinger Dean
Director, Howard Hanson Institute for American Music
Eastman School of Music

Click here to download Info Sheet.
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Please Note: Seating is limited and must be purchased by Friday, December 4th, 5pm.

Tickets will NOT be available at the door.

$50- General Admission
$500- Table Sponsorship of 8 (includes company logo on table and in program).

Award Tickets

Please let us know if you prefer a vegetarian option.

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!

Directors' Award Announced! 

Paul Kramer will be honored for his redevelopment work on the Flatiron Building at the corner of University and Atlantic Avenues. Paul's vision for this iconic building has been pivotal in the resurgence of the Neighborhood of the Arts.  Mike Governale will receive Honorable Mention for his work with Reconnect Rochester. Congratulations to both!

2015 Reshaping Rochester Directors Award Announced

NEWS--Reshaping Rochester Awards to Be Presented December 9th

NEWS--21 Finalists Selected for 2015 Reshaping Rochester Awards

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

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. 

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!