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Alison Snyder


Interior Design
School of Design

Snyder’s pedagogical interests are concerned with the overlaps and intersections between architecture, artistic practice, place, and the interior. Her scholarship draws on archaeological and anthropological methods to reveal how places, buildings, and interiors transform over time. She conducts urban and rural field-based research, mostly in Turkey, to analyze and interpret monumental and mundane cultural settings. A variety of work has been presented and published in the United States, Europe, and Asia. She is recipient of a Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts grant for her work on light and the Ottoman Mosque, and numerous academic grants for work on globalizing domestic spaces of Anatolian villages and Istanbul’s transforming urbanism viewed through interior street spaces/passages. Before joining Pratt full-time, Snyder taught in the University of Oregon’s Department of Architecture. She has also held visiting positions at Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi/METU in Ankara, Turkey, and Denmark Institute for Study Abroad; and earlier part-time positions at New York Institute of Technology, Pratt Institute, and Jefferson University (Philadelphia). Snyder has directed the Interior Architecture Program at Oregon, and Chaired Interior Design at Pratt. Snyder is a licensed architect and has professional expertise in lighting and furniture design, and the adaptive reuse of residential, religious and commercial spaces.

B.A. Architecture, Washington University; M.Arch., GSAPP Columbia University.