How Anda Andrei Quit Her Job And Started Her Own Design Firm At 60

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"For almost three decades, architect Anda Andrei was best known as Ian Schrager’s design whisperer, shaping the aesthetic of the hotelier’s high-profile properties such as the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City and the Delano in Miami.

That longtime gig ended two years ago when Andrei, then 60 years old, decided to leave Scharger’s eponymous company to establish her own firm, Anda Andrei Design. 'Being in the shadow of a great man is great, but I wanted to prove to that I could succeed by myself,' she says of the move.

Today, with three high-profile projects in the works, she appears to be well on her way to doing just that. She is creative director of 11 Howard, the Scandinavian-inspired hotel in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood from real-estate mogul Aby Rosen, which opened on April 1. She is also lead designer on the soon-to-open restaurant at the Brooklyn Museum. And she is about to reveal the first stage of her largest endeavor yet: creative lead on the multi-billion dollar revitalization of 1.25 miles of waterfront in the New Jersey Shore town of Asbury Park. While the full project is planned to unfold over a 10-year period, the debut project, The Asbury Hotel, will open this coming Memorial Day weekend." - Shivani Vora via Fortune Magazine

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