Norman B. Leventhal Awards


Named in memory of A Better City’s founding director, the Norman B. Leventhal Excellence in City Building Awards recognizes the leaders and innovators who have made significant contributions to our built environment in the areas of Transportation, Land Development, and the Environment.

2018 honorees

Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest car sharing company in the world. She has served on the boards of Veniam and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the US Department of Commerce, the Intelligent Transportations Systems Program Advisory Committee for the US Department of Transportation, the Massachusetts Governor's Transportation Transition Working Group, and Boston Mayor's Wireless Task Force. She is currently working with cities to maximize the transformation possible with the introduction of self-driving cars.


Ronald Druker is the President of the Druker Company and publicly known in Boston for the mixed use developments he has created throughout the City such as Heritage on the Garden, The Colonnade Hotel and Residencies on Huntington Avenue and Atelier/505 in Boston's South End. His allegiance to Boston is evident in the finely designed buildings he creates and the extraordinary efforts he expends in helping guide the design of Boston's growth. Privately he is known for his commitment to the Boston community and the city's arts and cultural life.


Dr. Valerie Roberson is the President of Roxbury Community College and over the past year partnered with Ameresco to complete a comprehensive energy and water project to upgrade the College's energy infrastructure and to add renewable energy resources on campus to help achieve a green urban campus. These included environment benefits providing annual emissions reduction for the College. Valerie has been a community college administrator for twenty-eight years. She has served as president, vice president of academic affairs and of institutional advancement, district associate vice chancellor, dean of academic support, and director of adult education at various institutions.


Mayor Marty Walsh, City of Boston 

Thomas Tinlin, Former Highway Administrator, MassDOT

Land Development
Robert Beal, Former President, Related Beal

Cathy Douglas Stone, Former Chief of Environmental Services, City of Boston

2017 Sponsors

2017 Norman B. Leventhal Awards Highlights 



Thomas Glynn, Chief Executive Offier, Massport

Land Development
Cambridge Innovation Center
- Brian Dacey, President
- Tim Rowe, Chief Executive Officer


University of Massachusetts Boston
- Ellen Douglas PhD, Associate Professor
- Paul Kirshen PhD, Professor 

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2016 Norman B. Leventhal Awards Highlights



2015 Honorees

Distinguished Leadership
Governor Michael Dukakis

Michael Capuano, US Representative, 7th Congressional District of Massachusetts

Land Development
John Drew, President & CEO, Drew Company Inc.

Boston Medical Center

- Kate Walsh, President & CEO

- Robert Biggio, Vice President of Facilities & Support Services

2014 Honorees

- Robert A. DeLeo, Massachusetts House of Representatives
- Therese Murray, Massachusetts Senate
- Stephen M. Brewer, Senate Committee on Ways and Means
- Thomas M. McGee, Joint Committee on Transportation
- Brian S. Dempsey, House Committee on Ways and Means
- William M. Straus, Joint Committee on Transportation

Land Development
Steven B. Samuels, Samuels & Associates

Frederick A. Laskey, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

Distinguished Leadership
Deval L. Patrick, Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

2013 Honorees

Fred Salvucci, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Land Development
Thomas J. Hynes Jr., Colliers International

Gary L. Gottlieb, M.D., Partners Healthcare

Lifetime Achievement
Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston

2012 Honorees

Jane Garvey, Meridiam Infrastructure

Land Development
Lawrence Cancro, Boston Red Sox

Amos Hostetter, Pilot House Associates (Continental Cablevision)

2011 Honorees

Frank DePaola, MassDOT (Accelerated Bridge Program & Fast 14 I-93 Rapid Bridge Replacement Project)

Land Development
Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston

Bryan Koop, Boston Properties, Inc.

History of Norman B. Leventhal and the Awards

Mr. Leventhal, who was born in 1917 and raised in Boston, was recognized many times throughout his life for contributions to the built environment in Boston, including Center Plaza, Rowes Wharf, South Station, One Post Office Square, the Hotel Meridien and affordable housing. He was the founding chairman of A Better City (formerly known as the Artery Business Committee) and championed the organization's transition to focusing on a larger breadth of initiatives in the Boston area following the completion of the Central Artery Tunnel Project.

In 1945, Normal Leventhal co-founded Beacon Construction Company, which grew to become an award-winning developer and manager of office buildings, affordable housing and hotels. 

In 1997, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino named the park in Post Office Square “Norman B. Leventhal Park” in recognition of his leadership of the Friends of Post Office Square and in the demolition and revitalization of what was previously a multi-story parking garage. 

In 2003, Mr. Leventhal, in partnership with the Boston Public Library, established The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library. The Map Center is dedicated to education through the use of maps and provides public access to the Center’s extensive collection of 250,000 maps and atlases.

In 2007, Mr. Leventhal was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Mayor Menino formally designated The Walk to the Sea as the “Norman B. Leventhal Walk to the Sea” in recognition of his role in shaping the new Boston. He served as a life member emeritus of the MIT Corporation. He was a board member and former chairman of the Friends of Post Office Square and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.

In 2011, A Better City hosted the first Norman B. Leventhal Awards ceremony to honor those in the Boston region who continued Norman's legacy of impact on the city's growth and quality of life. He passed away in 2015 at the age of 97, having left an indelible mark on Boston's public space and built environment.