Brett Snyder, AIA is a principal of Cheng+Snyder, and an Assistant Professor of Design at the University of California, Davis. Snyder works at and researches the intersection of architecture, media, and graphics with a particular interest in developing vibrant urban spaces.
Recent projects include Smart Sidewalks, a winning entry to the NYC Reinvent Payphones competition, Museum of the Phantom City an architectural iPhone app to view visionary but unbuilt architecture recently re-released with an archive of unbuilt projects in San Francisco), and #FOGWASTE a multi-disciplinary approach to improving the residential wastewater system in San Jose. Additionally, Snyder has recently collaborated with colleagues at UC Davis in leading the school’s first entry into the Department of Energy sponsored Solar Decathlon—Aggie Sol—a zero-net-energy home aimed with affordability and the needs of the California farmworker in mind. Prior to founding his design firm, Snyder designed inter-nationally at a wide range of scales. His experience spans disciplines from working on large urban scale architecture projects to intimate size objects to interactive experiences.
Snyder’s award-winning work has been exhibited internationally, including the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. He is a recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts award and a Van Alen New York Prize Fellowship. His speculative and built work has been featured in national and international media outlets including Architectural Record, The Architect’s Newspaper, BBC News, BLDGBLOG, Fast Company, Metropolis, The New York Times, and WNYC. Snyder holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Carnegie Mellon University and an M. Arch from the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He has taught design and architecture at several institutions including Columbia University, Cooper Union, Pratt, Syracuse, and University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Snyder’s current work is focused on issues around water and drought and ways that design can enhance our relationship to the environment. Since arriving three years ago from the country’s snowiest city (Syracuse, New York) Snyder has taken particular pleasure in creating projects with a strong connection to the outdoors.