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Cherry Lietz Snelling

Born in Alta, Iowa



1994-1997        Master in Architecture at Southern California Institute of Architecture(SCI-Arc), Los Angeles, California

1987                  Studied Architecture in Bath, England

1984-1988        Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa



2015-2018         Jones & Jones Architects and Landscape Architect, Seattle, Washington

2006-Present    Cherry Space_Architecture, Seattle, Washington

1998-2006         Boxwood, Seattle, Washington

1997-1998         SCI-Arc Vico Fellow, Assistant Professor, Vico Morcote, Switzerland

1997                   Trevor Abamson Architects, Santa Monica, California

1997                   Daly Genik, Santa Monica, California

1996                   Arkiterv, Inc., Santa Monica, California

1996                   Assistant to the Graduate Director at SCI-Arc, Los Angeles, California

1990-1994         WaterLeaf Architecture , Seattle, Washington

1989-1990         Michael Rendler/Glen Small AIA, Santa Monica, California

1988-1989         Accord Architecture, Mason City, Iowa


Cherry is the owner of Cherry Space_Architecture founded in 2006.  


Interested in engineering and architecture initially, I found myself drawn to bigger environmental questions in design.  Yes we can create almost anything but what is the cost?  I attended SCI-Arc for my graduate degree and began an interactive investigation into design potentials for projects.  My project types have changed over the years but the questions are evolving.


I am inspired by tectonics of Andy Goldworthy and James Turrell, the constructive genius of Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid,  the pragmatism of OMA , the decency of Samuel Mockbee and the relentless pursuit of what's next from Cecil Balmond.  


I hope to keep learning and making until I am in my 90's.











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