Gil Snyder, associate professor of architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has been named the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s Distinguished Educator for 2013. Snyder was presented with the award at the 51st Design Awards Celebration of Excellence Banquet at the 2013 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference in Grapevine, Texas.
Snyder created the first architecturally based precast studio course in 2005 to educate students about emerging approaches for building, fabrication and assembly with precast concrete components. Since then, the PCI educational foundation has built seven more precast studios across the country based on Snyder’s curriculum.
The Spancrete Studio is a corporate-sponsored program which focuses on precast concrete design, fabrication and construction for architectural students. This course explores the role of precast technology and its relationship to today’s architectural design standards. The SpancreteStudio provides students the opportunity to work directly with Spancrete design engineers, providing real-world experience and hands-on training with precast concrete fabrication while exploring new ideas and new methods of design.