Neyda Otero is an architect and LEED AP BD + C, Green Classroom Professional. At the Perkins + Will Miami studio, she manages educational projects for K-12 and Higher Education clients. Perkins + Will is recognized globally for its design and innovation leadership, and as one of the most important leaders in education and research in Latin America. The office’s multi-disciplinary work has developed high-profile projects in Latin American, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. Neyda has more than 30 years of professional experience managing all aspects of small to large complex design projects with a focus on education for public and private institutions in Florida.
Neyda was Senior Vice President for HAKS Engineers, Architects & Land Surveyors, Miami office, responsible for the strategic growth of the Florida region, where she oversaw facilities operations, marketing and business development throughout the state. Previously, as Vice Provost, Facilities Management for Miami Dade College, Neyda led the MDC Facilities Management Division in the planning and executing of a capital improvements and deferred maintenance construction programs totaling over 500 million dollars college-wide across 8 campuses. From 2000 to 2013, as Director of Project Management and Construction for Pine Crest School, a private all-faith college preparatory school with campuses in Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Neyda was responsible for the planning, management, and development of new buildings and infrastructure construction, facilities renovations, capital improvement planning, budgeting, and construction oversight of all facilities projects, overseeing cumulatively $98 million in capital improvement bond programs in her time at the school. Prior to joining Pine Crest, Neyda was Director of Physical Plant for the Broward Campuses of Florida Atlantic University; Director of Design for the Broward County School Board; and project architect for various architectural firms in the South Florida area.
Neyda served as the 2018 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Miami President, and she previously served as AIA Miami President-Elect, Treasurer, and Director. A graduate of the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree, she has served as a director on the board of US Green Building Council South Florida since 2008. Neyda is a member of the Florida Educational Facilities Planner Association, AIA Miami Women in Architecture Committee, NABWIC, the International Code Council, and an Ace Mentor.