As a Senior Designer and Project Director at DCDC, Ceara O’Leary leads collaborative community design and planning projects that support neighborhood revitalization efforts citywide. Ceara joined the DCDC in January 2012 as an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow. More recently, she was selected as part of the national Next City Vanguard and just completed her tenure as a ULI Fellow. Previously, Ceara worked as a Community Designer with Dallas-based bcWORKSHOP, setting up a satellite office in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and contributing to a community-based planning project in eight colonias across Hidalgo and Cameron Counties. She has recently completed articles for Public Interest Design Guidebook and Public Interest Design Education Guidebook.

From 2010-2011, Ceara was the inaugural Public Design Intern at the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio (GCCDS) in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she worked on community design and development projects in collaboration with local stakeholders along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Ceara graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with Masters degrees in Architecture and City & Regional Planning and she earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University.