Clymer Cease, AIA, Named Board Chair of Downtown Raleigh Alliance

Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee principal heads DRA’s 2012 board of directors.

Clymer Cease, AIA

March 27, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) —  Clymer Cease, AIA, a principal at the architecture firm Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee Architects, has been named board chair of The Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA), an organization dedicated to improving and supporting downtown Raleigh’s central business district.

Founded in 1996, DRA focuses on the development of five community services: Clean & Safe Ambassadors, Marketing & Events, Economic Development, Public Space Management, and Membership & Advocacy. The organization is non-profit and is run by community advocates, local business leaders, and government officials.

Cease, an architect with over 35 years of practice, brings years of leadership experience and a broad understanding of city development issues to his new position. As board chair, Cease will work closely with CEO David Diaz and be responsible for leading the board in its agenda, evaluating its performance, and adjusting its priorities to suit its memberships’ needs. Cease will be a chief volunteer of the organization, mediating between noted concerns and executed plans of action.

“Downtown Raleigh is poised for an acceleration of the development that we have seen over the past several years,” Cease said. “Working with David Diaz, the staff, the board, the membership of DRA, and many community partners to create an even more vibrant and diverse downtown is a unique and exciting opportunity”

Cease is a consistently active member of the downtown Raleigh community. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Carolina Ballet, the board of directors of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and he serves as vice chair of the City of Raleigh’s Public Art and Design Board. He is also chair of the board of Triangle Family Services and of the Regional Transportation Alliance. Cease’s experience, providing leadership for complex projects, has pushed him to work within multiple facets of the city community.

“Raleigh and our region have long been identified as among the best places in the world to live and work,” Cease said. “The decisions that yielded that recognition go back decades and were expanded by successive generations of leaders. We have a responsibility to maintain the momentum of downtown Raleigh and to drive the progress of the globally competitive city that is emerging.”

Clymer Cease graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and with a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from North Carolina State University’s College of Design. He has designed an array of buildings including facilities for colleges and universities, corporations, museums, schools, and other public institutions.

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