Partner Emeritus

James A. Snead, AIA

Jamie’s more than 30 years of leadership as Managing Partner significantly contributed to the firm’s reputation and recognized body of work. His appreciation for keeping things simple and logical set the foundation for sustainable business practices. It is also the reason clients trust him to design their private homes. Before beginning his career in architecture Jamie spent time as both a carpenter and painter, giving him a perspective that values craft, attention to every detail, and the importance of clear documentation and communication. This focus on details, communication, and relationships, results in exceptional design and effective construction. He has a reputation for understanding what a client wants and delivering more. In 2019 he became a partner emeritus at Ziger|Snead Architects where he continues to work on selected projects and support the studio as an advisor and mentor.


Virginia Tech
Master of Architecture, 1978


University of North Carolina
Bachelor of Arts in American Studies, 1972


Registered Architect: Maryland, 1981; District of Columbia, 1991; Pennsylvania, 1999; Delaware, 2002; North Carolina, 2003; Virginia, 2003; West Virginia, 2004

NCARB Certified


Baltimore Chapter, American Institute of Architects

Gilman School - Trustee 1992-2005
     Building & Grounds Committee 1985-2005
     Chairman 1992-2005
     Budget & Finance Committee 1992-2005
     Board Treasurer 1998-2005

Maryland Institute College of Art, Center for Architecture and Interior Design Advisory Board 1990-2008
     Chairman 1998-2008

Foundation for the Preservation of Government House, Maryland Governor’s Residence, President 2003-2006

Midtown Development Corporation
   Board Member 2006-Present
   President 2015-Present

Baltimore Clayworks, Board Member 2006-2013

Baltimore School for the Arts, Board of Overseers 2007-2015

James A. Snead, AIA - Partner Emeritus