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Snow Kreilich Architects

SAY IT LOUD - Minnesota Exhibitor

Minnesota Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am excited about the community we create, both in the studio and in the world.



The Great designer, Mary springer graduate form Bennington College and Rice University, Mary joined Snow Kreilich Architects in 2009. A Senior Associate and Project Lead, Mary is focused on innovative design for a wide range of project types, finding resonance of ideas from concept to technical detail. Mary is committed to mentoring and supporting others in the profession in the studio and in academia, often serving on juries and occasionally teaching her own studios at the University of Minnesota.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I became aware of architecture in middle-school, trying to reconcile an interest in the visual arts and an interest in mathematics. In college, I explored fine arts and music but ultimately was drawn to the potential and power of architecture.

What do you do?

I work with clients to understand their needs and aspirations, and with contractors to ensure design intent is understood and well executed. I lead and collaborate on projects, and support our studio wellness, sustainability, and equity initiatives.

What excites you in the work you do?

I am thrilled when a project succeeds across a range of criteria. Our Van Buren LPOE won recognition for design with a PA Award and AIA National Honor Award, for function with a GSA Design Excellence Award, and for sustainability with a Holcim Award.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am excited about the community we create, both in the studio and in the world.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Joining my colleagues on stage at Radio City Music Hall to accept the 2018 AIA Firm Award.

Featured Project Name: 

Straight River Northbound Safety Rest Area


Featured Project Location: 



Featured Project Completion Date: 

August 2017


Role in Featured Project: 

Project Lead


Featured Project Description:

A full replacement of a rest area along I-35N in rural Minnesota, the building houses restrooms, vending and information, while two free-standing pavilions create quiet seating areas. Durability and low maintenance were required due to a remote area and heavy use. Beyond meeting that need, our team sought to integrate the poetic. The building, pavilions and site are structured to encourage people to engage, creating a lens for slowing down and noticing the serene, wooded, river setting.

Photography Credit:

Corey Gaffer Photography

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