I am an architect and storyteller who helps preserve Ohio’s historic architecture. As an architect for the Ohio History Connection, I am working on the restoration of the President Warren G. Harding Home in Marion, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, in Cincinnati, and the Free Labor Store / Benjamin Lundy House in Mt. Pleasant. I have just completed the requirements for a Masters of Design Studies in Historic Preservation at the Boston Architectural College. My capstone project investigated how to borrow techniques from the film and television industry to make digital architectural models into storytelling images. I’m also telling stories through film. My next film: Brutalism in the 21st Century: the design of Sinclair Community College Campus is almost complete. An ongoing project for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Small Projects Practitioners (SPP) asks architects how small projects impact their careers. I am currently serving on the AIA’s Contact Documents Committee which edits and writes standard contracts and documents for the construction industry. Previously I served on the advisory group of the SPP and Small Firm Exchange (SFx).
I began my teaching career in the architectural technology department at Sinclair Community College which provided me the opportunity to teach a lot of classes to a diverse student body. Having taught an average of four classes for each of the three quarters per year, I honed my skills in curriculum development and refined them through each iteration of the class. I was the course coordinator for all of the technology related classes, which at that time concentrated on AutoCAD and Architectural Desktop. As part of my revisions to the program curriculum, hands-on construction laboratories became integral to the curriculum. I left Sinclair to pursue a PhD in Middle East Studies – History at the University of Utah where I concentrated on architecture and urbanism. While at the University of Utah, I taught part-time as a visiting studio professor and developed and taught History of Middle East Architecture. After finishing my coursework, I followed my husband to Guadalajara for his schooling and wrote my dissertation in the ideal climate of Jalisco. Upon returning back to the states, I began teaching part-time at Sinclair. In semesters that I didn’t teach at Sinclair, I taught World History at Miami University’s Middletown campus.
Throughout all of this, I ran a small design-build firm with Jim Connell. It started out as part-time work for both of us in 2003 but grew into fulltime jobs for both of us. When I was in Utah, we even opened a branch office for design only. Over the years and different localities, we learned a lot about digital practice, remote collaboration, and how to get great last minute deals on flights. Our work focused on small projects in a wide array of project types: adaptive re-use, medical and dental offices, education and childcare, restaurant and banquet, single-family houses, and industrial. Jim continues the construction side of the business but I am only doing design work for existing clients.
Marika Snider, AIA
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Pronunciation Guide: Marika (mah-RYE-ka) Snider (pronounced the way you’d expect).