Amanda Snelson

Amanda Snelson

Los Angeles, CA, US





ZGF Architects LLP, Los Angeles, CA, US, Associate

Jun 2016 - current

Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, Culver City, CA, US, Architect


Sunset Time, Hotel and Condominiums, Architect
- West Hollywood, $170,000,000, 300,000sf (unbuilt, out to bid)

Office Renovation & Expansion, Project Manager
- Santa Fe Springs, $16,500,000, 41,000sf

Warehouse Restroom Addition, Project Manager
- Santa Fe Springs, $150,000, 300sf (unbuilt)

Warehouse Data Center, Project Manager
- Santa Fe Springs, $450,000, 400sf

TI Office Renovation, Project Manager
- Santa Fe Springs, $350,000, 15,000sf

Apollo Commercial Office, Masterplanning, Designer
- El Segundo, Adaptive Reuse, 200,000sf

The Commons, Designer
- Pasadena, Renovation


Green Team Committee Head
- 2030 Commitment reporting, educational workshops, ergonomic surveys, compiled the firm's first Sustainability Action Plan

Revit Standards Committee Member
- Solely responsible for compiling the firm's first standards manual

Architect Licensing Advisor
- Spearhead for firm-wide licensure support, quarterly study groups, keep study materials updated & accessible to all staff

Co-organizer for firm-wide PechaKucha events

Dec 2012 - May 2016

PechaKucha Night, Springfield, MO Founder and Organizer

I have fun bringing the global PechaKucha concept to the Ozarks, organizing quarterly events with over 100+ attendees, and connecting with people locally and globally.

PechaKucha Night gives voice to communities that engender creativity, be it through the various mediums of art, music, design, storytelling, architecture, or philosophy. It was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 by Klein Dytham Architecture as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world. Springfield is PechaKucha’s latest stop.

Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of "chit chat", PechaKucha rests on a simple and concise presentation format that keeps ideas moving at a rapid pace. Presenters have 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide to present their material. That makes for 6 minutes and 40 seconds of edifying entertainment. Despite the stuffy “presentation” moniker, PechaKucha’s atmosphere is casual and lax. The idea is to come away from the event with a greater perspective and richer ideas, but most importantly, to enjoy oneself in the process.

Jan 2011 - Aug 2012

Dake Wells Architecture, Project Associate

Dake Wells Architecture is about the work.

Role: I was not only responsible for managing the marketing materials to share work with the outside world, but coordinated and managed the design direction and production of drawings on a range of projects.

My experience ranges from sustainable design consulting as an intern to independent graphic design services. I am experienced in undertaking marketing materials, daylighting design consulting, and designing interior architecture.

Aug 2010 - Aug 2012


Drury University, BArch, Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture, Architecture, Fine Arts, Art History and Global Studies
2003 – 2008

Librarium Award nomination (Spring 2007, Fall 2007 & Spring 2008): excellence in design, best in design studio

AIA Certificate of Merit: graduated second in class overall

Dean's List 2003-2008

Drury University Academic Honors Scholarship 2003-2008

Activities and Societies: Tau Sigma Delta (Secretary), AIAS, Teaching Assistant Fall 2008, Mortar Board

Sep 2003 - May 2008


DFC Emerging Leader, Award

One of the Design Futures Council’s missions is to identify and recognize future leaders who are having—and will increasingly have—an impact on design practices, design professions, and the community. The DFC Emerging Leaders scholarship program addresses this goal by selecting individuals who represent the future of design practice in terms of its broadening scope, service to society, sustainable design, and technological innovation. DFC Emerging Leaders are nominated by members and senior fellows of the Design Futures Council and selected by editors and managers at DesignIntelligence, the Design Futures Council’s parent organization.

Each of the eight emerging leaders received a scholarship to attend the summit. Scholarships were provided by DuPont Protection Solutions. DuPont has been the exclusive sponsor of the DFC Emerging Leaders program since 2010.


AIA Springfield Merit Award, Professional Jury - Cheek Hall - Dake Wells Architecture, Award

The Springfield Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is pleased to announce the award recipients of the bi-annual 2012 AIA Springfield Design Awards. Out of the 27 entries submitted, two juries bestowed a total of 7 awards.

The 2012 Professional Jury consisted of Jury Chair, Sebastian Schmaling, AIA, Principal of Johnsen Schmaling Architects, Brian Johnsen, AIA, Principal of Johnsen Schmaling Architects and Robert Greenstreet, Ph.D, RIBA, Dean, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture & Urban Planning, all of Milwaukee, WI.

Jury Comments: “A conceptually sophisticated rehab, skillfully and consistently carried through. Small interventions that create a powerful sense of place.”


20 Under 30 - 417 Magazine, Award

20 Under 30 is 417 Magazine’s way of recognizing the best and brightest among 417-land's young professionals. They are bright, brilliant young professionals with a deep passion for the work that they do. They are the up-and-comers in 417-land, with names you’ll probably be hearing for years to come.


AIA Certificate of Merit, Award

Each year The American Institute of Architects awards an engraved medal and certificate of merit to the top-ranking graduating student in each architecture program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (or CACB for Canadian schools). A certificate of merit is awarded to the second-ranking graduating student. These awards are provided as part of the AIA Scholarship Program.


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