Gil Snyder named Distinguished Educator by PCI

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Gil Snyder, Associate Professor of Architecture, has been named the PCI Distinguished Educator for 2013. He received his award in a ceremony at the 51st Design Awards Celebration of Excellence Banquet of the 2013 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference in Grapevine, Texas. The Distinguished Educator Award was developed by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s Student Education Committee and recognizes distinguished engineering, architecture, and/or construction technology educators who have made significant and sustained educational contributions to the precast/prestressed concrete industry. Professor Snyder is only the second architect to receive this award, that regularly celebrates professional engineers.

Professor Snyder has been instrumental in creating the first architecturally-based Precast Studio in concert with Spancrete, Waukesha. The Spancrete Studio is a materials-based studio course exploring advanced and emerging approaches to fabrication and assembly in design with precast concrete that has been offered annually since 2005. This studio posited a pioneering design curriculum that has become a national pedagogic model for instruction with precast concrete, and widely emulated by universities with architecture programs. It draws on direct linkages with industry partners, in an attempt to blur the boundaries between the academy and precast manufacturing agents to spur innovation. A key component to the pedagogy is the integration of professional consultants from the allied specialties of structural engineering, mechanical engineering, facade systems and building information modeling.

In 2010, Professor Snyder developed a companion seminar titled “Prefabrication and Surface Theory,” that explores building facade optimization with precast concrete in many arenas from aesthetics to performance. Since then, Professor Snyder has been actively involved in PCI events, presenting to a variety of audiences on the educational and research-inspired strategies of his Precast Studio.