Joseph Munafo Named Associate Principal

Dagher Engineering announces the promotion of Joseph Munafo, LEED GA, to Associate Principal. Marking 10 years with the building systems design firm, Joe joins principals Elias Dagher, Richard Pearson and Josephine Zurica on its leadership team. A native New Yorker, he earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Polytechnic University (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering) before entering the building systems field, initially as a plumbing and fire protection specialist.

Candid-040 JM“Joe joined us as a design engineer a decade ago and quickly became an invaluable project manager, with his natural affinity towards clients and a shared standard of sustainability,” recalls Senior Principal Elias Dagher. “To each project, he lends technical proficiency in all categories of building systems, pragmatism, and a remarkable ability to interpret the most obscure building codes.”

Since joining Dagher in 2005, Joe has designed systems for a wide range of projects in the New York metropolitan area, including parks, academic buildings, healthcare facilities, residential buildings, commercial office buildings and retail space. As a project manager, he has spearheaded numerous high profile projects: renovation of New York City schools, development of new park lands for Hudson Park and Boulevard in Manhattan, and the redevelopment of Governor’s Island. His recent project, 35XV, a new luxury residential tower that sits atop Xavier High School, received a 2016 Platinum Award for engineering excellence from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC NY).

Active in policy improvement and collaboration initiatives for the A/E/C industry, Joe has served a combined 12 years on ACEC NY’s Plumbing Codes, Fire Codes, and the New York City School Construction Authority committees. He is also Vice President of the American Society of Sanitary Engineering’s New York Chapter.

“I look forward to making a greater impact on the firm, and the industry, in my new role. Dagher’s values, progressive thinking and open lines of communication shape our work and strengthen our relationship with clients and colleagues,” says Joe.


Founded in 2000, Dagher Engineering provides mechanical, electrical, and plumbing-fire-protection design and consulting services to developers, building owners and managers, architects, and contractors both in the United States and internationally. The firm’s mission is to complement the architecture of buildings and enhance the wellbeing of their occupants by designing systems that are economical and maintainable while providing maximal comfort and minimizing the impact on the environment and natural resources. For more information, visit



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