Dana Penso

Dana Penso

Rockville Centre, NY, US



I am a motivated Designer and Project Manager with experience in residential, retail, commercial and hospitality projects. I can engage in client relationships, form budgets and assist in the selection of FF&E, consultants, contractors and vendors. I have strong management and problem solving capabilities and enjoy being out in the field overseeing construction and installs. A team player that loves learning just as much as helping others grow, I am highly organized, timely, and know how to work hard to get things done. Working both in Italy and in New York has opened my eyes to a variety of styles and ways of working and developing projects, which can make me a strong addition to any team.


Calder Design Group, New York, NY, US, Designer

- Prepare and present materials for presentation to client including finish plans elevations and perspectives
- Coordinate work of consultants, contractors and vendors
- Aid in the design and management of all project from presentation to install
- Work directly with principal in the selection of FF&E for high-end residential projects
- Create layouts, budgets and presentations for clients
- Shop with clients at the D&D and other venues

Sep 2015 - current

Deeruby Designs, New York, Owner/ Desiner

- Designed and developed projects both in the US and in Italy
- Planned both on Cad and visually, spaces to be designed with clients
- Worked side by side with contractors, millworkers and vendors to create and install designs
- Projects range from residential to the schematic design and layouts of small scale Casinos

Apr 2009 - current

MSM Property Development, LLC, Port Washington, NY, US, Designer

- Met directly with clients to choose and source FF&E, fabrics and tiles, as well as contractors for various parts of construction
- Worked closely with architects, contractors and sub contractors to review projects, oversee installation and construction
- Designed, budgeted, presented, purchased, developed and managed all aspects of for the company

Apr 2014 - Jul 2015

Barteluce Architects, New York, NY, US, Project Designer

• Responsible for the development of internal plans and layouts, FF&E, shop drawings, site surveys and organization of CD sets for clients like Tiffanys and Citibank.

Oct 2008 - Jan 2009

Studio 582, Venice, IT, Project Designer

• Coordinated the relationship between studio and clients in the hair care sector for clients such as L'Oreal, Aveda and Acca Kappa.
• Responsible for site surveying, design and construction planning of exhibition stands, salons and stores.
• Designed furniture as well as established electric, demolition, construction and FF&E plans for various projects.

Aug 2007 - Sep 2008

Zerouno Retail Design, Venice, IT, Project Designer

• Responsible for the design and creation of plans, plan layouts, details and coordination between studio and clients.
• Implemented use of graphic programs to create presentations and marketing proposals.

Jul 2006 - May 2007

Judith Goldsmith Lazarus Designs, Woodmere, NY, US, Designer

• Provided elevations, floor and ceiling plans and perspectives for high end luxury homes.
• Designed furniture, ceiling décor, tile and mosaic details and room layouts.
• Shopped for materials such as fabric, tiles, lighting and furniture.

Jan 2002 - Jun 2005

TSC Design Associates, New York, NY, US, Project Designer

• Responsible for construction and demolition documents; electrical and hydrolic plans and finishes.
• Developed plans, details and shop drawings for clients such as Burberry and Diesel.

Jun 2004 - Mar 2005

Lawless and Mangione, Yonkers, NY, US, Junior Designer

• Created working drawings for the restoration of Manhattan buildings including; external brickwork, roofing, door, window and molding repair.
• Ensured measurements and damage control through site visits, as well as construction follow up.
• Designed a gym for the basement of an apartment complex.

Jul 2003 - Jul 2004


School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York, NY, US, BArch, Interior Design

• Graduated with a degree in fine Arts and a specialization in Interior Design.
• Redesigned the Fort on Governors Island in New York City into a luxury hotel for thesis.
• Programs learned are: 2-D and 3-D autocad, Studio Viz, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, the Microsoft package and free hand designs and perspectives.
• Worked part time as an assistant designer, waitress and bartender.

Sep 2000 - May 2003

University of Maryland, College Park, MD, US, Art

• Studied for a degree in both Fine Arts and Psychology.
• Education focused on Art History, drawing, sculpting and painting.
• Worked part time as a waitress in various restaurants and in customer service.

Sep 1997 - May 2000

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