in the Public Realm
Cocktails & Conversations

April 19th, 2013 Center for Architecture, New York City

The Pairing:
Audrey Matlock, Audrey Matlock Architect
Jason Sheftell, New York Daily News

Cocktail designed by:
Toby Cecchini, Bartender + Author

Audrey Matlock, Audrey Matlock Architect
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Audrey Matlock leads Audrey Matlock Architect, a NYC studio that is committed to fusing architecture, technology and contemporary culture. Her project base is international with a range of building types that includes cultural, commercial, residential, exhibition and multi-use. Her tools are analysis, research, multidisciplinary strategies and innovative thinking. She is especially focused on the visual and performance possibilities of combining inventive engineering with architecture in the design of buildings.

An active member of the design community, she participates on design juries and panels, and lectures and teaches regularly. She recently served the AIA as Co-VP for Design Excellence and Chair of the Design Awards Committee for the AIA and a Peer for the GSA.

Her firm has won over thirty design awards, including ten from the AIA. In addition to frequent recognition in international publications, she recently had a retrospective of her work at Syracuse University.

Jason Sheftell, New York Daily News
Jason Sheftell is the real estate editor and chief design, architecture and neighborhood writer for the New York Daily News, where he created and launched the paper’s Your Home section more than five years ago. Since then, the section has changed the way real estate, neighborhoods and design has been covered in New York City, bringing the people and personalities who shape neighborhoods, property and architecture to life.

Recently having relaunched the section as “Best Places to Live in NY,” Jason writes about city thoroughfares, neighborhoods, architects, decorators, furniture makers, interiors, world-renowned developers, and the ins and outs of the New York real estate. He has profiled such personalities as Martha Stewart, Philippe Starck, Steven Holl, Robert Couturier, Donald Trump, city planner Amanda Burden, and countless interior designers, buildings, and architects.

He appears on numerous radio and television programs as an expert on New York City neighborhoods, national housing trends, and global design. He is hosting a television show for PBS called "Best Places to Live" which kicks off in the summer 2012 with five episodes highlighting New Jersey's top towns. He has been called a "neighborhood encyclopedia," and is known as a passionate, honest, and opinionated voice for the several industries surrounding shelter and housing.

Currently, Jason writes travel column for, for which he wrote real-time diary dispatches from Morocco, New Zealand, and Tahiti. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and M.A. in American Studies from the University of Alabama, where he was a Presidential Fellow. He speaks fluent French. He was born in Brooklyn, and lives in the West Village.

Toby Cecchini, Bartender & Author
Toby is a writer and bartender based in New York City. He has written on food, wine and spirits for GQ, Food and Wine, and The New York Times. His first book, Cosmopolitan: A Bartender's Life, was published in 2003. He is currently at work on his second book, a travelogue of spirits based on his travels for The New York Times' Living and travel magazines. He began bartending at the Odeon in 1987, where he is credited with creating the internationally recognized version of the Cosmopolitan cocktail in New York. He followed that with stints in several bars including Passersby, which he owned until 2008.


  • 1 oz. Plantation 5-year Barbados Rum
  • 1 oz. Smith & Cross Navy Strength Pot Still Jamaican Rum
  • 1.5 oz. lime-ginger cordial
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. 1:1 ratio simple syrup

Shake all ingredients together over ice and strain into a double Old-Fashioned glass with one large cube. Garnish with half a spent lime hull and three spritzes of Laphroaig 10-year Cask Strength scotch.