After 22 years, Lucille Mastriaco is retiring from her position as Controller at ESKW/Architects. Although her official last day was March 31, she’s made herself available to help with a few bills as well as the transition to the new guard. A couple weeks ago, about 50 past and present employees gathered on Zoom to celebrate Lucille with stories, cookies, rosé, and a homemade digital retirement card.

Lucille has served as both a link to the firm’s humble past—she was there before the merger of The Edelman Partnership with Sultan Architecture + Design—as well as a bridge to our growing future, i.e., merging QuickBooks with Deltek and ensuring our consultants and employees get paid. She has been a vital part of the firm’s success, and a vibrant part of our office culture—quick with a joke, a snack, or a suggestion for our Book Club.

“Although work was intense, it was rarely stressful,” Lucille said. “At ESKW/A, I never had coworkers who kept me up at night or distracted me from focusing on performances of the NYC Ballet on my days off.”

In her retirement, Lucille looks forward to playing piano, studying French and Italian, and taking more vacations (we’ll miss the treats from abroad she’d bring in to share).

“As I have been telling friends, I am leaving ESKW/A not because I do not enjoy the work, but because I have certain things I want to accomplish,” she said. “And when you are almost 70, time goes by so fast.”

Here’s to slowing down, studying Romance languages, sipping rosé, and seeing you at future office parties—hopefully not over Zoom! Thank you for your dedication to ESKW/A, and congratulations on a fantastic career.