The 2009 SARA Design Awards winners include, in the following categories: Medallion of Honor, Friends of the High Line; Visionary Architecture Award, The Cooper Union Academic Building (Morphosis); and Project of the Year, One Bryant Park (Cook + Fox and Gensler). Awards of Excellence were given in the following categories: Housing — 40 Bond Street (Herzog & de Meuron, Design Architect & Handel Architects, Architect-of-Record); Commercial — The Standard, New York (Polshek Partnership Architects); Interior Design — St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School Science Department Renovation and Addition (Murphy, Burnham & Buttrick), and Enterprise Community Partners (Stephen Yablon Architect); Educational — Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse III School of Public Communications (Polshek Partnership Architects); Rehabilitation/Remodeling — Apartment & Garden (A+I Architecture) and Yale University Art Gallery Kahn Building Renovation (Polshek Partnership Architects); The Arts — Birdhaus (The Office of Carol JW Kurth, AIA Architect); Student — Brooklyn Waterfront Museum by Yeinny Daza

SARA Awards of Honor were given in the following categories: Housing — The Satori (Scarano Architects); Educational/Institutional — Weill/Cornell Medical College Weill Greenberg Center (Polshek Partnership Architects); Interior Design — Toku (Bentel & Bentel Architects), North Sea Pool House and Central Park West Residence (Shelton, Mindel & Associates) and NY Mets Exec/Admin Offices (Mancini Duffy); Rehabilitation/Remodeling — Spector Group LI Offices (Spector Group) and Artist’s Studio (Vaidya Stoltz Architects)…

The NYC Public Design Commission (formerly the NYC Art Commission) announced the winners of its Annual Awards for Excellence in Design including: Bronx River Greenway by the New York State Department of Transportation and WSP Sells; EMS Station 3 by Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects; Croton Water Treatment Plant by Grimshaw; Brooklyn Botanical Garden Visitor Center by Weiss/Manfredi; Bushwick Inlet Park District Headquarters and Community Facility by Kiss + Cathcart; Inside Out by Richard Artschwager with 1100: Architect; The Opposite of a Duck by Janet Zweig with Marble Fairbanks Architects; Shapes by Allan McCollum with Marpillero Pollak Architects; Mariners Harbor Branch of the New York Public Library by Atelier Pagnamenta Torriani; and a Special Recognition Award for the Staten Island Court Complex by Polshek Partnership Architects

The recipients of the Rockefeller Foundation 2009 Jane Jacobs Medal are Richard Kahan, founder and CEO of the Urban Assembly, and Damaris Reyes, executive director of Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES)… Ted Moudis, AIA, was honored with the Architecture & Design Award at The Mann Foundation’s Fourth Annual Mann of the Year Awards…

The New York Area Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS-NY) has elected Patricia Neumann, CPSM, president; Michelle Galindez-Russo, LEED AP, vice president/president-elect; Michael McCann, CPSM, treasurer; Julie Pampuch, secretary…

Caroline Baumann has been named acting director of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum… Jerome Chou is the new Director of Programs at The Design Trust for Public Space…