Reshaping Rochester Awards

Event Information

6th Annual Reshaping Rochester Awards
Thursday, November 17, 2016
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
Temple B'Rith Kodesh
2131 Elmwood Ave

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Leonard Brock,
Rochester - Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative


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

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Each year, the Community Design Center presents a luncheon 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 Innovation and the Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism Award winners are nominated by the public and announced at the Luncheon.


Congratulations to this year's winners!

Betty Strasenburgh Award
Winner: Theresa Bowick
Honorable Mention: Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency Healthi Kids Play-BEST Team

Robert Macon Award
Winner: Tower280
Honorable Mention: Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship

Joni Monroe Award
Winner: In honor of Larry Glazer
Honorable Mention: Joann Beck


Finalists - 2016 Robert Macon Award for Urban Innovation
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 in response to urban design and the built environment. Named for the late architect Robert Macon for his contributions in the Rochester area.

Buckingham Properties and Morgan Management for their redevelopment of Tower280 at the former site of Midtown Plaza in downtown Rochester.

City of Rochester for the Port of Rochester Marina located on the Genesee River in the Charlotte neighborhood.

NYS Department of Transportation for redevelopment of the Kendrick Road Corridor including increased accessibility for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Rochester Cornerstone Group for the Stadium Estates, a multi-family affordable housing community, in the city of Rochester’s JOSANA neighborhood.  

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship for adaptive reuse of first floor space in former Rochester Savings Bank building in downtown Rochester for entrepreneur training and support.

Town of Brighton Brickyard Trail for providing convenient access to healthy outdoor
recreation while giving users the opportunity to experience a unique ecological environment which is tucked into urban-Brighton


Finalists ­ 2016 Betty Strasenburgh Award for Activism
Named in honor of Rochester activist Betty Strasenburgh, celebrates civic spirit, persistence and determination that translates visions into reality. It recognizes a personal effort to advance a difficult and worthwhile endeavor. This award honors leadership that encourages others to pursue challenging paths toward a productive end.

Theresa Bowick for her leadership as an advocate for personal health, fitness, and wellness throughout her northeast Rochester neighborhood and especially for her work with Conkey Cruisers.

Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency Healthi Kids Play-BEST Team for their advocacy of changes to the built environment that address safe, accessible play and school areas.

Mark Gregor, City of Rochester Division of Environmental Quality Manager, for his dedication to the Port of Rochester Marina project and his commitment to making Rochester’s river and lakefront a viable and attractive destination.

Steven Kraft for his rehabilitation of a former drug house in the PLEX neighborhood of southwest Rochester and his commitment to healthy communities through his work with Community Composting.

Andrew Meier, former Mayor of Medina, for his vision and desire to bring renewal to the village of Medina in Orleans County including preservation and re-purposing of the Newell Building.

Neil Scheier, MD for his efforts to revitalize the Joseph Ave neighborhood in northeast Rochester and the renovation and preservation of the Joseph Ave Arts and Cultural Center.


Joni Monroe Award (formerly the Directors’ Award)
This award recognizes efforts that have enhanced the public realm and contributed to its vibrancy.
The Design Center’s Board of Directors considers:
- 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!