Jesayra Ocasio

Where were you born?

Paterson, NJ

Where is your favorite travel destination?

Tulum, Mexico

What’s something you’d still love to learn?

American sign language

Describe Mancini’s company culture in one word?

Progressive

What do you hope to see in the future in the world of architecture and design?

A more equitable and accessible industry overall. Our work is often perceived as a luxury, both as a field of study and as a service. I hope to be practicing for long enough to see true balance across our trades and the best of our work available to the most underserved.

When did you know you wanted to be an architect/designer?

I’ve always been a “people watcher” even from a young age, so when I recognized the impact of the built environment on our lives as individuals and as a collective, I knew I wanted to be part of the process.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“link up with people that are as good or better than you” ~ 6th grade math teacher on study groups (and inadvertently life in general).

Who inspires you the most in your field?

Le Corbusier’s concept of “a house as a machine for living” has always impacted the way I perceive space and develop interiors. Every room, finish and piece of furniture should have a function to fully serve the use of the space.