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Source: Commercial Observer

In her six years at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Amy Garlock has gotten to work on some of New York City’s biggest commercial projects.

At the moment, she’s working on the renovation of the Waldorf Astoria, which will reopen in 2022 with 375 hotel rooms and 375 residential condominiums. Her team worked closely with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to restore the Art Deco hotel’s entrances, lobby and interior corridors.

“There’s a lot of idiosyncrasies of renovations that happened over time, so it was interesting to dig up the history,” Garlock said. “The foyer on Park Avenue, we knew it didn’t have the original fixture, so I was able to go into the Waldorf Astoria archive and compare historic photos. With my colleagues at SOM, we designed an updated version of that original fixture, which had an amazing backlit alabaster and gave a warm feeling to the space.”

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