The Inside Story of the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport: Repair, Restore, Rebirth

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners

120 Broadway
New York, NY
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Following a meticulous restoration, Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 Trans World Airlines terminal has been given new life as the centerpiece and arrival point for the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport. The design elegantly and respectfully accomplishes two seemingly disparate goals. It preserves the integrity of the iconic Saarinen building, and reactivates it as the heart of a dynamic hotel with restaurants, retail, and other amenities. The project includes two new seven-story hotel buildings and a subterranean conference center with 45 meeting rooms and a 7,000-square-foot banquet hall. This moderated panel will hear from key players on the fascinating genesis of the 25-year-long project: how the building was saved from the wrecking ball then restored and repositioned as a contemporary destination.


The Panelists:

Richard Southwick FAIA, LEED AP is partner and director of historic preservation at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, the project and preservation architect for the TWA project. He has guided the revitalization of many of New York’s most celebrated historic buildings and sites, as well as international sites of cultural significance.

Anne Marie Lubrano is principal of LUBRANO CIAVARRA Architects, the design consultant and design architect for the TWA Hotel buildings. Her Brooklyn-based studio offers full services to residential, commercial, cultural, educational, and hospitality sectors.

Chris Horch, PE is associate partner at Jaros Baum & Bolles, which provided mechanical and electrical engineering services for the project.

Ian Buckley is associate principal structural engineer at Arup, which provided structural engineering services for the project. He specializes in historical buildings and industrial engineering projects.


Signe Nielsen, FASLA is principal of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, which designed the landscape for the project. The firm specializes in urban design across multiple sectors.


The Moderator: 

Nina Rappaport is a founding member and vice president of DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State Chapter. An architectural critic, curator, and educator, she is publications director at the Yale School of Architecture.



Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 6 – 8 PM

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners
120 Broadway, 20th floor (between Cedar Street & Pine Street)

Reception to follow

$35/$25 for Docomomo US members

Advance Registration Required