Department of Urban and Regional Planning
(561) 297-4279 | Office: SO 284
Craig Snyder is the Executive Secretary for the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University. Craig draws upon a strong background in administration and management with eight years of prior experience as the Program Coordinator for the University Galleries in the College of Arts and Letters. Prior to his employment at FAU, Craig worked for the educational publishing industry in Boston as a creative professional and also managed the IT departments for several publishers. Craig’s educational background includes a BA in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida.
Craig is also an accomplished historian, author, and photographer. His award-winning book on the birth of skateboarding and skate culture, titled A Secret History of the Ollie, Volume 1: The 1970s (Black Salt Press, 2015), has won seven top book awards including three Gold Medals. He was also a contributing writer and photographer for Surfing Florida: A Photographic History (University Press of Florida, 2014), a book that was a follow-up to the FAU exhibition that Craig helped produce in 2012 at the University Galleries.
Additionally, Craig volunteers his time and expertise to a number of nonprofit organizations. Craig is on the Board of Trustees for the Surfing Florida Museum and co-Founder and Director for Skateboarding Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of skateboarding history and culture. Craig was instrumental in getting the Bro Bowl, a historic 1970s-era skatepark in downtown Tampa, listed on the National Register of Historic Places (October 2013), making it the first property related to skateboarding and skate culture to ever be placed on a national register. In 2015, Craig worked with authorities in Australia on a second property which was the Albany Snake Run located in Albany, Western Australia. In 2016, this structure successfully entered the national register in Australia as a site of historical significance.