Senior Architect | Associate

Raleigh, NC


Julie Leary is a senior architect with more than a dozen years of experience on a diverse set of project types including K-12, higher education, and federal housing and dining facilities. Leading projects from initial planning through construction, Julie is known for conscientious attention to detail at all scales. She enjoys working directly with communities to gather their input and develop targeted solutions to their challenges. Julie is passionate about K-12 design in large part because education continually evolves, providing an opportunity to put a shape to conceptual ideas and see design make a positive difference.

Julie’s recent project experience includes Apex High School, Edneyville Elementary School, South Lakes Elementary School, and Conn Elementary School. Her work on Halifax Community Center won a Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance in 2017. Julie is recognized by her clients for her hands-on involvement and diligence in resolving issues throughout the design process.

A graduate of NC State, Julie has been part of the Clark Nexsen team since 2009. She is a member of the Association for Learning Environments, AIA Committee on Architecture for Education, and participates in the AIA Triangle Leadership Forum. Julie is an active volunteer with several local community agencies including AventWest Children’s Mentoring and the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina. Outside of work, Julie and her husband stay busy chasing their two young children and excitable Yorkshire Terrier.