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.

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Mayor Marty Walsh
City of Boston 

Mayor Walsh has taken unprecedented steps to plan the city’s future. First, for pulling together Imagine 2030 which serves as the city’s master plan. In addition this effort has been complimented with a number of additional planning initiatives such as Go Boston 2030 and Climate Ready Boston. Through this planning Mayor Walsh and his administration has articulated a bold vision and has identified a number of recommendations and action plans which will keep moving the city forward as a global leader.

Thomas Tinlin
Former Highway Administrator, MassDOT

Thomas recently oversaw the establishment of electronic tolling across the entire commonwealth tolling facilities. Tom was able to bring this full project together in terms of physical design, construction and technology with great success and most elements were put in place before schedule. In addition, Tom leads the South Boston Waterfront transportation working group and has helped drive important access and mobility improvements in the area and was also the Transportation Commissioner for the City of Boston, in that capacity he helped move forward Menino’s administration transportation agenda.

Robert Beal
Former President, Related Beal

Robert has spent his career leading and developing transformational real estate activities on behalf of Beal Companies and then Related Beal. In addition to being a top notch real estate expert Roberts transformative influences have also been greatly felt in the civic and public realm as well. With a portfolio of real estate assets that is substantive in both character and size, Robert has also found the time to lead and contribute to critical organizations such as the Museum of Fine Arts, United Way, A Better City, and Art center in South Boston as well as being the first real estate company to develop incubator biotech space in the greater Boston area.

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

Cathy has served on The Wilderness Society governing council since 1999. In addition, she sits on the board of directors of The Island Alliance of Boston and is vice-chair of the partnership legislated to plan and implement preservation of the Boston Harbor Islands as a national park. She was appointed by Boston’s former Mayor Menino as the City’s first Chief of Environmental Services. While Chief of Environmental Services she helped launch “Sustainable Boston.” At the suggestion of Vice President Gore, and working with The Boston Foundation, she and her staff helped develop “indicators” of a sustainable city, leading to the Boston Indicators Project.


Previous honorees include:


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.