Danei Cesario AIA, NCARB, NOMA is the 333rd black female licensed architect in American history. Hailing from Manchester, England, she became enamored at an early age with New York City’s intricacies + architectural prestige. She is an Associate at Array Architects, leading dynamic healthcare and wellness projects.
She leverages a construction knowledge to deliver projects that balance operational efficiencies, building performance, design team coordination, + fiscal realities. Danei’ s aptitude for managing multifaceted healthcare projects has led to broad system-wide improvements, as well as highly detailed technical spaces. Recently, she has directly benefited multiple projects for the Mount Sinai, NYU Langone Health and New York City Health + Hospitals Corporations. Her work has been a significant factor in repeat partnerships.
Danei’s advocacy for architecture has propelled her as a thought leader among design professionals. She is Chair of AIA New York’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee , a contributor to national + international organizations such as the United Nations, the Royal Institute of British Architects, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, Parlour, Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust + nycobaNOMA Executive Board. As a core member of these groups, Danei is dedicated to fostering Mentorship, Sponsorship + Leadership among the diverse design community as they navigate their careers.
Still in love with New York City, Danei commutes to her Manhattan office daily; she lives in the tri-state area with her family. When she is not managing her teams + projects, speaking or advocating for the profession, Danei can be found laughing with her friends, making up songs with her 2- and 5-year-old daughters, taking long walks with her basenji, Ninja. or watching foreign espionage films with her husband, Mario.
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