I am an architect, educator, and storyteller who celebrates the small, the forgotten, and marginalized architecture through film, writing, teaching, and historic preservation.
I am a licensed practicing architect and an Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis teaching undergraduate and graduate students in architecture and interior design.
In my previous life, was a preservation architect for the Ohio History Connection where I worked on the restoration of the President Warren G. Harding Home in Marion (built 1891/restored to 1920), the Harriet Beecher Stowe House (built 1820) in Cincinnati, and the Free Labor Store / Benjamin Lundy House (built ca. 1814) in Mt. Pleasant. I also had a small design-build firm with Jim Connell. 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 but my passion is historic preservation.
I am currently serving a 10-year term 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 for Small Project Design (SPD) and Small Firm Exchange (SFx). I am an ex-officio board member for AIA Tennessee and the faculty advisor for the newly forming NOMAS chapter.
My academic research investigates retail space in the Middle East, including traditional markets, preservation/adaptive re-use, and contemporary meaning of shopping malls.
- PhD in History/Middle East Studies, Architecture & Urbanism
- Master of Design Studies in Historic Preservation, Boston Architectural College
- Master of Architecture from University of Kansas
- Bachelor of Science in Architecture, The Ohio State University
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Pronunciation Guide: Marika (mah-RYE-ka) Snider (pronounced the way you’d expect).