Presented by the Designers Lighting Forum of New York

Rescheduled to August 18–19, 2020

New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

2020 PANEL DISCUSSION: The Evolution of Technology: Lighting the Veterans Room at the Park Avenue Armory

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

Case Study

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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To learn about the cultural and technological evolution of the Veterans Room at the Park Avenue Armory through the lens of its lighting fixtures.
  2. To get a glimpse into the collaborative process between Architect, Lighting Designer, and Restorer.
  3. To understand how the fixtures were restored both with respect for their historic nature and with consideration for the contemporary use of the space.
  4. 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.


Paul Marantz
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.

Kirsten Reoch
Director of Design and Construction and Historian/Archivist, Park Avenue Armory

Kirsten Reoch has worked on the Armory’s adaptive reuse planning and preservation plan for over twenty years. During her time at the Armory, she has managed $158 million in construction projects including working with the design and conservation team to ensure that the restoration of the Armory is performed to the highest standards. Kirsten has performed all the historical research required for the Armory project, including architectural and archaeological research, research on the art works and furniture collection, and social and military research about the Seventh Regiment. For the past eleven years she has curated The Malkin Lecture Series, with four speakers annually presenting topics related to the history of the Armory and the Gilded Age.

She is the former Senior Project Coordinator for The Walt Disney Company on the restoration of the New Amsterdam Theatre and acted as Project Associate for Tribeca Productions on the construction of film studios within historic industrial structures in Brooklyn. She has worked for the Municipal Arts Society and The National Trust for Historic Preservation. Ms. Reoch holds a MS in Historic Preservation and Planning from Columbia University and a BA in Art History from Mount Holyoke College.

Dawn Ladd
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.

Marija Brdarski
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.