Bayberry International Brings Culturally-Sensitive Architecture Front and Center, Globally-Focused Firm Founded by Architect, Geologist and Anthropologist

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Bayberry International brings culturally-sensitive aesthetic to architecture. Team-based approach integrates anthropology, geology and architecture in one unique approach.

Steeped in a deep pool of experience, a trio of academics and professionals have combined forces to create a new architectural firm. Based here, Bayberry International ( is committed to creating public structures that not only adapt to their environs, but reflect the unique cultures, topographies and histories of their locations.

Bayberry's founders are James Peters Snyder, an architect who has been a team leader on major architectural projects for the Smithsonian Institution, IBM and other major clients; Richard C. Michael, a geologist with more than 30 years of international management experience; and Carole O'Leary, a professor of anthropology who specializes in Middle East studies at the American University in Washington, DC.

The trio has collaborated on past projects, based on their respective fields of study. "We enjoy working together," said Snyder, who led the design team for the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian. "We each have a passion for other cultures, and how best to reflect them in a built environment. The natural result will be a portfolio of modern, authentic architecture. In function and in form, this is an architecture grounded in locale and culture."

Bayberry's unique process involves in-depth study of a location and its culture. For a recent project in northern Iraq, they scoured the mountains and countryside seeking the colors, indigenous materials and rhythms of the land and people. The result of that work can be seen at the firm's site:

In addition to the firm partners, Bayberry International includes a carefully selected team of collaborators and specialists. Experienced project managers, interior designers, landscape engineers, lighting and theatre designers and artists lend their skills to creating structures that speak volumes about their inhabitants.

"Developing modern indigenous architecture means we celebrate the place, not ourselves," said Michael. "Whether it's a desert landscape or an East Coast university building, we plumb the geography, the culture and the purpose for answers."

To learn more about Bayberry International, contact Michael at rich(at)bayberryinternational(dot)com.

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