About the

Innovative Team

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

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).

Our studio structure is well-organized with weekly production meetings, overall project scheduling, follow-up and centralized email. At the center of this effort is key administrative staff to support project and office needs, which allows the design and project management teams to be more focused. The computer is utilized as a communication, production, and design tool. Designers are able to study material, color, and spatial issues by providing 3D walkthroughs of any project. This allows complicated details to be worked out prior to construction and provides clients the opportunity to visualize the completed project. JSA staff is trained to keep up with the ever-changing computer world and all its work is produced utilizing the latest version of Building Information Modeling (BIM) software.

John Snyder Architects main office is located in Ithaca, NY and a Clifton Park office serves clients in the Albany, Hudson Valley regions of NY.


Team Members

John Snyder

AIA, NCIDQ, LEED AP | President & Design Principal

William Todd

Senior Construction Project Manager

Gabe Skamla

Architectural Associate

Bear Smith

Architectural Associate

Michelle Grooms

Project Manager & Senior Interior Designer