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About John Snyder

At the core of this studio is President and Principal, John Snyder, who has over 35 years in the architectural profession and is very focused on the latest in cutting edge architectural and interior design. He is actively involved with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Committee on Design, serving as chair of the Twenty-Five Year Award nomination committee from 2012-2016, former president of the Southern NY Chapter of the AIA and a former Board of Director for AIA New York State from 2016-2018.

In 2010, John was selected by the Architecture Foundation of Australia to attend the Glenn Murcutt Masterclass taught by Pritzer award-winning architect, Glenn Murcutt. John is firmly committed to intelligent design solutions to make each project design maintain a diverse and productive environment.

Throughout John Snyder’s career, he has designed over $410 million dollars in construction projects, with the smallest being a HGTV one-room makeover for $10,000 and the largest being a $55-$65 million, multi-phase, development project.

JSA maintains an active list of preferred consultants, engineers, and designers to assist on any project. Maintaining these relationships is an important means of meeting clients needs. 

We also fully support working with consultants who are Women, Minority and Veteren Owned Business's (WBE/VBE/MBE).

Team Members

JSA understands that achieving client objectives, meeting design goals, maintaining budget, fostering trust and sticking to a schedule are the most important components of any project. No project is too small or too large to obtain creative JSA focused, integrated, collaborative design philosophy.


John Snyder, AIA, NCIDQ, LEED AP | President & Design Principal

Michele Grooms, NCIDQ | Senior Interior Design Professional

Sarah Wilkinson, ASID | Interior Design Professional

William Todd | Senior Construction Project Manager

John Lorence | Senior MEP and Process Engineer

Bear Smith | Architecture Design Professional

Keeli Manning | Studio Manager

Traci Wells | Administrative


Former Staff Collaboraters 2003-2018

Katie Baron, Kristen Bartholomew, Yvette Burggren, Amanda Chial, Jeremiah Cigno, Gabriela D'Angelo, Andrew Evans, Ayelot Cameron, Laetitia Esser, Naiane Farrell, Maureen Husband, Tyson Law, Alison Nash, Lisa Nesterova, Marisa Terrizzi, Mindy Vanderven


Preferred Engineering Consultants

AudioChef - Ithaca, NY

Elwyn | Palmer - Ithaca, NY

LorePak Management LLC - South New Berlin, NY

Peterson Guadagnolo Consulting Engineers - Syracuse, NY

TG Miller - Ithaca, NY

Turner Engineering - Rochester, NY