Susan Mani

Susan Mani

New York, NY, US



I have a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from CityTech/ CUNY. I graduated on December 2014 and since then I have been working as a junior architect in CJNA Architects a boutique firm in Manhattan.

While I was at school I interned at Brooklyn Navy Yard for about one year at its construction department. By working in an architecture firm and Brooklyn Navy Yard I gained great experiences in design and construction. I was fortunate to be part of a construction team for the largest building at Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Building 77, which helped me to understand fundamentals of construction in New York City.  In the last three months at CJNA, I worked in all aspects of different projects, from surveying the site to creating digital models of the site and making presentations for DOB.

I would like to mention that I am awarded Silver Merit Prize by SARA (Society of American Registered Architects) for my Design IV studio. Also on behalf of the school my energy-efficient family house design selected as the school’s schematic design for the Solar Decathlon 2015 competition.

Throughout my education and career history I learned how to design and how to prepare construction related documentation. I believe working in construction department and my past experiences has built the knowledge base necessary for me to meet the requirements for this position.

I know that I would add a great value to your organization and I would appreciate an opportunity to interview with you at your convenience. 


Ismael Leyva Architects, New York, NY, US, Intermediate Architect

Intermediate Architect
Ismael Leyva Architects P.C.
July 2016- Present (Junior Architect- May 2015- June 2016)

• 15 Hudson Yards-Tower D (High rise residential tower)
o Participated in 100% CD submission- Created enlarged kitchen and bathroom floor plans and detailed elevations
o Located the receptacles in the drawing set
o Participated in 100% ID set submission- Created interior drawings for amenities

• 145 West Street- Brooklyn (High rise residential tower + 2 low rise residential buildings)
o Created a Revit model by working directly with the architect in-charge (Ismael Leyva) to study the design issues from the previous design and created an animation of new changes to be presented to the client

• 606 West 30th Street (High rise residential building)
o Performed contextual site plan, created the site plan, studied the potential layouts, assisted in zoning studies, coordinated with the architect in charge and prepared a presentation in BlueBeam to be presented at DDC to request the required permissions

• 261 Hudson Street (low rise residential building)
o Participated in geometry study of the lobby area
o Participated in CA phase and created ASI issues
o Prepared an ID bulletin in CA phase

• Metro North Boiler Room- NYCHA
o Create a model for the schematic design phase for the NYCHA program to elevate the boiler rooms after hurricane Sandy
• Experience on different phases of project work such as: Schematic design, CD and CA submissions
• Working directly with Ismael Leyva and participated in the design presentation meetings
• Coordinating with contractors and set up the meetings
• Supervising less experienced employees in the drawings and tasks assigned to them

Junior Architect
CJNA Architects, New York, NY
January 2015 –April 2015

• Full renovation of a landmark townhome including the design of a penthouse to be added to the building
• Interior design of a laundry room and a guestroom for a penthouse apartment
• Participated in the upgrade a supermarket building to meet the current NY DOB codes
• Participated in façade design for an ambulance station in Connecticut

• Surveyed the project sites
• Drafted construction development documents
• Implemented digital modeling and renderings to visualize the presentations
• Assisted in material specifications with project architect
• Performed an urban study for a landmark townhome in New York City
• Gathered zoning information and code analysis

Intern Architect- Internship
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, New York, NY
October 2013 – September 2014

• Building 77 renovation
• Redesigning the third floor of building 292

• Oversaw design and construction document phases for Building 77, the largest building at Brooklyn Navy Yard
• Prepared a presentation of proposed shed at Navy Yard to be presented to DOB
• Reviewed contractor’s requisitions for accuracy and reconciling the differences and managing schedule and budget of projects
• Surveyed the building to create floor plan
• Building code and zoning analysis

Bachelor of Technology in Architecture / B. Tech
Graduated December 2014
New York City College of Technology/ City Tech (CUNY)


• Silver Merit Award by SARA- Society of American Registered Architects/ New York Council

• Dean’s Honor List

• Presented the school to CUNY board of trustees at Brooklyn Borough Hall


• Revit, AutoCAD, Lumion (Animation), BlueBeam, Photoshop, Adobe, Microsoft office, ArchiCad, V-Ray
• Trilingual: English, Farsi and Turkish

May 2015 - current


The New York City College of Technology, CityTech, BArch, Architectural Technology

• Presented the school to CUNY board of trustees at Brooklyn Borough Hall
February 2014

Sep 2012 - Dec 2014


SARA Silver Merit Award, Award

SARA- Society of American Registered Architects/ New York Council


Areas of Specialization