Cecley is a budding urban planner who attributes her interest in the built environment to her New York upbringing. Her unwavering commitment to enhancing social justice aims across urban landscapes has led her to pursue a career at Asakura Robinson. Prior to joining the team, Cecley worked at a Boston based consultancy, leading creative placemaking projects and engagement efforts in low-income communities. While there, Cecley also worked on a resident-led, interdisciplinary digital mapping tool to track spatial displacement across Mattapan, a Boston suburb.
Cecley recently completed her Master’s degree in Urban Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). At the GSD, she is a member of the inaugural Perkins & Will Black in Design Mentorship Program, and is the president of AfricaGSD, a student organization dedicated to centering African designers and work.
In her free time, Cecley continues to practice dance and yoga, and is avidly working toward her goal of summiting her top five list of mountains around the world.
Where do you get your design inspiration from?
My heritage, surroundings, and innovative precedents.
If you could work on a project anywhere in the world where would it be?
Affordable housing design and policy anywhere in East Africa or London.
If you had a superpower to make a bigger impact on communities/ cities/ or environments what superpower would you have?
The power to eradicate homelessness!