Coffin Grant Recipients
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Place Maker Award Recipients
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Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients
2015 Place Maker Award
A founding partner of the fifty-person, award-winning architectural firm of BKSK Architects, Stephen Byrns is a graduate of Princeton University and Columbia University School of Architecture. From 2004 to 2010 he served on the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and from 2000 to 2010 as a member of the board of directors of Wave Hill.
A Yonkers resident during the 1990s, Byrns was dismayed when he first saw the derelict Untermyer Gardens, once a horticultural showcase but by then a rarely visited, unevenly maintained public park. After founding the Untermyer Gardens Conservancy in 2010, he began working with horticultural advisor Marco Polo Stufano and head gardener Timothy Tilghman to initiate the ongoing restoration of a landscape that was once hailed in the press as “America’s Most Spectacular Garden.”