PANEL DISCUSSION: The Evolution of Technology: Lighting the Veterans Room at the Park Avenue Armory
Tuesday, March 17
11:00pm – 12:30pm
Room: Murray West
Credits: 1.5 AIA LU
The Veterans Room at the Park Avenue Armory is an extraordinary example of Gilded Age opulence in America. Completed in 1881 by Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stanford White, Candace Wheeler and Samuel Colman, the room was illuminated by decorative, hand-forged gas fixtures. Architect Marija Brdarski (Herzog de Meuron), designer Paul Marantz (Fisher Marantz Stone), and lighting restorer Dawn Ladd (Aurora Lampworks) will discuss how these fixtures were converted from gas to electric in the early 1900s and retrofitted to accept integrated LEDs during the room’s recent restoration.
- To learn about the cultural and technological evolution of the Veterans Room at the Park Avenue Armory through the lens of its lighting fixtures.
- To get a glimpse into the collaborative process between Architect, Lighting Designer, and Restorer.
- To understand how the fixtures were restored both with respect for their historic nature and with consideration for the contemporary use of the space.
- Through actual working fixtures, attendees will be able to compare gas lighting, incandescent lighting, and the integrated LED solution that was implemented at the Armory.
Founder, Fisher Marantz Stone
Paul Marantz Founder/Consulting Design Principal With training in architecture, architectural history, and industrial design as well as in lighting, Paul Marantz brings a multi-disciplinary background to architectural lighting. He received his B.A. degree from Oberlin College with graduate work at Case/Western Reserve University and Brooklyn College. Throughout his career he has been involved in many facets of lighting research and the development of new lighting technology. Paul has received numerous IES and IALD awards over his remarkable forty-plus year career span including the most recent string of accolades for the National September 11 Memorial. He also led the FMS “Tribute in Light” team to honor the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center. Paul is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society, a Fellow of the International Association of Lighting Designers, and is Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions. Paul is a Founding Principal of Fisher Marantz Stone, a 40-person lighting design studio in Manhattan that has designed the lighting for over 5,000 projects worldwide since 1971.
Principal and Founder, Aurora Lampworks, Inc.
Dawn has been in the business of lighting for 35 years. She is the founder and principal of Aurora Lampworks, a lighting restoration company known for quality artisanship. Aurora has received awards for its part in the restoration of iconic New York City buildings, including St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Park Avenue Armory, and the New York Public Library. Aurora is dedicated to conservation and preservation, a philosophy that extends to architecture, objects, animals and the planet. It is our pride to do good work, for the better good.
Senior Architect, Herzog & de Meuron
Marija Brdarski began her collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron in 2013. In 2019 she became Senior Architect. Since joining the firm, she has worked in both New York and Basel and contributed to a range of projects, including the Public Hotel and the Park Avenue Armory in New York as well as the winning competition entry for the Royal College of Art in London. She is currently working on a private residence in New York City. Marija received her M.Arch. from Yale University in 2011 and her B.S. in Architecture from the Ohio State University in 2006. From 2004 to 2006, she collaborated with NBBJ in Columbus, Ohio, and from 2011 to 2013 she worked with Rene Gonzalez Architects in Miami, Florida. She is a registered architect in the State of Florida since 2017.