Daniel Lear

Daniel Lear

Sarasota, FL, US



Daniel is an enthusiastic and creative designer that thrives in a collaborative environment, participating in projects that push the boundaries of social, economical, and environmental perceptions.

Passionate about discovering innovative ways to unite advanced technologies with passive design strategies, Daniel seeks to create sustainable, alluring, and socio-economically relevant solutions for real world problems. As such, Daniel has dedicated much of his career to the research, exploration, and development of urban interventions at a variety of scales which resonate within a community.

Daniel takes pride in his ability to conceptualize and develop ideas quickly in both independent and collaborative environments. His diverse set of skills allows him to be flexible and adaptive towards his role in a project and he works well as a leader and as a member of a team. Daniel is always seeking to take part in exciting and challenging projects at all scales and eager to participate in the dialogue of urban place-making.



DSDG Architects AA003661, Sarasota, FL, US, Architect

May 2018 - current

Solstice Planning & Architecture, Sarasota, FL, US, Architect

Apr 2017 - Apr 2018

Bruner/Cott Architects, Cambridge, MA, US, Architectural Designer

+Assisting on all aspects of architectural design from conceptual design to construction administration
+Performing hands-on architectural work, including drafting and 3D modeling
+Creating construction documents using Revit Architecture
+Preparing for presentations and maintaining project files
+Conducting research on sites including zoning, code, and environmental analyses

Sep 2013 - Apr 2017

Bruner Foundation, Cambridge, MA, US, Designer

Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence
Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Architecture & Planning industry
June 2013 – September 2013 (4 months) Cambridge, MA

+ Graphic & web design
+ Database restructuring and organization
+ Content management
Editorial Assistant

Jun 2013 - Sep 2013

Grassi Design Group, Boston, MA, Architectural Designer

+ Guide luxury residential renovations and new construction through schematic design, design development, & construction document phases.
+ Research programming and codes specific to each project.
+ Make site visits to measure and create as-built drawings
+ Create full sets of construction documents for projects at a variety of scales.

Jun 2012 - Apr 2013

Janet Echelman Studio, Brookline, MA, Project Manager | CAD Director

+ Guide large-scale public art installations through conceptual design, design development, & construction phases.
+ Projects involve extensive use of design software to create photo-quality renderings & presentations.
+ Scheduling and budgeting to meet project goals.
+ Organizing and scheduling daily meetings/conferences to meet project deadlines.
+ Work in a collaborative environment to develop projects at the conceptual level.

Jul 2010 - Jun 2012


Boston Architectural College (BAC), Boston, MA, US, BArch, Architecture

Jan 2010 - May 2015


AIA Merit Award for Unbuilt Architecture, Award

Merit award for Unbuilt Architecture for the St. Armands Public Restrooms designed while at Solstice Planning and Architecture.


Roch Scholar Finalist, Scholarship

The Rotch Travelling Scholarship is an annual two-stage design competition that results in one person, deemed the Rotch Scholar, traveling the world for at least six months studying architecture — and we pick up the tab. In the first stage of the selection process, a weekend-long preliminary design competition is held. Finalists from this competition go on to compete in the second stage, a 10-day competition culminating in a design presentation to a distinguished jury in Boston.


Finalist for John Worthington Ames Travel Scholarship, Award

The John Worthington Ames Scholarship was established in 1955 by Mrs. John Worthington Ames in memory of her husband, a distinguished Boston architect and dedicated supporter of the BAC. The John Worthington Ames Scholarship is a $10,500 travel scholarship to be used to further personal development through an educational experience related to architecture and design in accordance with a stated and accepted program. The Ames Committee defines "educational experience" as one that would develop mental, artistic, or cultural capacities.


Herbert Glassman Practice Award, Award

This award is given to students for their outstanding participation in Practice Progress Review, the personal interview between students and Practice faculty members about students' professional progress. Students are nominated and chosen for the award by Practice Faculty following each Practice Progress Review.


Practice Achievement Award, Award

Awarded to students with an outstanding score on their Practice Report. Practice Report Reviewers and Practice Credit Certifiers, as well as Practice Faculty members nominate students for the award during each reporting period.


Common Boston Common Build, 2nd Place

72 hour design build competition.


Areas of Specialization