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Mel Snyder

Mel Snyder

Hudson Valley NY

 

About 

I’m a residential designer who is focused on creating living environments that create comfort, function and beauty for the home owner or renter whether its incorporating the green initiatives of a Co-housing community or framing a magical river view from a stair landing.

I believe in the transformative power of the built environment to change a single life or a community’s direction. Even with all the deadlines, construction and budgetary restrictions, I can’t imagine devoting myself to anything more fun or satisfying.

I am looking for a full time, part time or freelance position  in a work environment  with a group of inspired designers and architects that I can exchange knowledge and and share ideas with.  

Elsewhere:

Employment 

DOMAIN DESIGNS, Jersey City, Ny & Raleigh NC, Owner

While under contract to Bald Head Island I designed and drew energy efficient mixed-use, single family and multi-family luxury homes working in close collaboration with their in-house Planning and Construction Department to achieve exacting execution. I also initiated design revisions for BHI’s new Ferry Terminal that was well into development but not meeting the owner’s expectations when I was asked to get involved. I coordinated closely with the Architect of Record to assure the design integrity of our alterations.

At City Council’s urging I was hired as a “Design Doctor” on three infill projects in downtown Raleigh - two town home communities and one block square apartment complex –which were meeting with community disapproval. By listening closely to the neighborhood’s concerns and making adjustments to pedestrian orientation, scale and design details I then prepared and presented illustrations that secured a positive approval from the neighborhood associations and City Council.

As sole proprietor of Domain Designs I designed, drew and field coordinated new homes, renovations and additions for large to small homes. I fined tuned my client’s homes to their tastes, living patterns and needs whether it was building in a toy garage below a staircase, or providing a built in bookcase in a water closet for an avid reader.

Working with a sustainable developer I designed two modular homes. I met the challenge of learning from and working with two different local modular manufacturers that were not geared for the custom design market. I closely collaborated with their drafting departments to guide and guarantee an accurate interpretation of the original vision.

Sep 2002 - current
 

BarlisWedlick Architects, New York, NY / Hudson NY, Freelance Designer

I was working closely with Dennis Wedlick on the design and development of Master Planning large estates in the Hudson Valley as well as New Homes/Ancillary Structures, Renovations interior design and cabinetry drawings.

Nov 2012 - May 2013
 

J DAVIS & ASSOCIATES, Raleigh, Nc, Senior Designer

I worked with Jeff Davis, a small team and landowners on a groundbreaking Cohousing neighborhood called Eno Commons, a collection of 22 small homes oriented around a wild life corridor. The homes used 60% of the energy of a typical house and twelve years later it is still the most energy efficient neighborhood in North Carolina. We applied universal design principles for accessibility to create an age-in-place, non-exclusive community. It was featured in April 1999’s Fine Home Building Magazine and received a Duke Energy award.

The Design Director and I collaborated to create five homes for Governor’s Village, a large neo-traditional neighborhood in Chapel Hill.
The presentation boards that I designed and drew were credited by the marketing team for selling almost all of the lots the first weekend of sales.

I was responsible for the Site Plan, SD’s, DD’s and PM for a 260 unit apartment complex that included clubhouse and recreational structures in Charleston SC. The apartments reflected the traditional Charleston vernacular and were organized around formal common courtyards that showcased the beauty of the heritage live oaks.

I was responsible for designing and preparing the building guidelines booklet and Pattern Book for a new coastal neo-traditional community that was site designed by Duany Plater- Zybert & Company.

May 2001 - Sep 2002
 

William McDonough & Partners Architecture, Charlottesville, VA, Lead Designer

At WM+P, as a Freelance designer I was assigned with the challenge of distilling a 20,000 square foot home down to 7000 square feet while maintaining the elegance and formal essence of the original design and program. I also also entrusted with preparing all the final presentation drawings that illustrated the revised concept.

Mar 2000 - Mar 2001
 

CLINE DAVIS ASSOCIATES, Raleigh, NC, Designer/Project Manager

I worked with Jeff Davis, a small team and landowners on a groundbreaking Cohousing neighborhood called Eno Commons, a collection of 22 small homes oriented around a wild life corridor. The homes used 60% of the energy of a typical house and twelve years later it is still the most energy efficient neighborhood in North Carolina. We applied universal design principles for accessibility to create an age-in-place, non-exclusive community. It was featured in April 1999’s Fine Home Building Magazine and received a Duke Energy award.

The Design Director and I collaborated to create five homes for Governor’s Village, a large neo-traditional neighborhood in Chapel Hill.
The presentation boards that I designed and drew were credited by the marketing team for selling almost all of the lots the first weekend of sales.

I was responsible for the Site Plan, SD’s, DD’s and PM for a 260 unit apartment complex that included clubhouse and recreational structures in Charleston SC. The apartments reflected the traditional Charleston vernacular and were organized around formal common courtyards that showcased the beauty of the heritage live oaks.

I was responsible for designing and preparing the building guidelines booklet and Pattern Book for a new coastal neo-traditional community that was site designed by Duany Plater- Zybert & Company.

Oct 1996 - Feb 1999
 

BMS ARCHITECTS, Wilmington, NC, Designer & Marketing

I conceived, designed and executed the marketing campaign and presentation boards for the renovation and addition for three North Carolina Aquariums. We were enthusiastically awarded the contract.

Sep 1993 - Sep 1996
 

CAROLINE BOUTTE' DESIGNS, Briarcliff Manor, NY, Designer/Draftsperson

Ms. Boutte` and I worked closely on the design, development and detailing of very high-end custom new homes, renovations and additions for many formal heritage homes overlooking the Hudson.

Jan 1986 - Jul 1990
 

DIANE HECT ASSOCIATES, New York, NY, Interior designer

I used my summer work experience as a nurse’s aide in a mental hospital and the health care field, to identify appropriate color and finishes for several public private mental and health facility.

Aug 1982 - Dec 1984
 

Education 

Oneonta State University, Fine Art & Psychology Studies

Pursued studies towards degree in becoming an Art Theopist

Aug 1976 - current
 

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, Masters, ARCHITECTURE

Thesis: Co-housing homes, Commons House and community site plan for 36 units

Aug 1991 - May 1993
 

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, BArch, ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN

It was a combined program of both Interior design and product design.
I did a minor in print making

Aug 1978 - May 1982
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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