About Me

I am an architect, educator, and storyteller who celebrates the small, the forgotten, and marginalized architecture through film, writing, teaching, and historic preservation.

Picture of Marika SniderI am an Assistant Professor at Utah Valley University where we are developing new architecture program. Currently I’m teaching Global History of Architecture since 1700, Architectural Rendering, and Introduction to AutoCAD. I love UVU for its inclusive approach to education and beautiful location.

Currently I’m interested in improving the built environment through historic restorations, greening existing buildings, adaptive re-use, and face-lifts.

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.

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).

My academic research investigates retail space in the Middle East, including traditional markets, preservation/adaptive re-use, and contemporary meaning of shopping malls.

Marika Snider, AIA

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Pronunciation Guide: Marika (mah-RYE-ka) Snider (pronounced the way you’d expect).