Zach Snethen: Experiencing downtown from many perspectives

When HTK Architects moved their office in 2013 to the 900 block of S. Kansas Avenue, it gave Zach Snethen and Maria Kutina a chance to connect in new ways with downtown Topeka. (Thad Allton/The Capital-Journal)

Growing up in Topeka, Zach Snethen regularly skateboarded at night in downtown Topeka, and the Classic Bean was a regular hangout.


When HTK Architects moved its office in late 2013, Snethen once again began having regular interactions with people and spaces downtown.

“Being downtown at all hours of the day over the course of many years has allowed me to experience downtown from many different perspectives,” he said.

Snethen also has been involved with downtown organizations for several years and serves as this year’s chairman with Downtown Topeka Inc. and 712 Innovations.

“I have greatly enjoyed serving on the DTI board,” he said. “More than board meetings, I enjoy regularly helping with events — everything from barricade watching to trash cleanup at the end of the night. This is a great opportunity to ensure these events are successful.”

Snethen said special events bring new crowds downtown to explore.

Since 2013, Snethen has helped organize the annual Downtown Topeka Touch-a-Truck event, which has continued to grow and bring families downtown.

He’s also enthusiastic about the Topeka Metro Bikes system.

“Having bikes readily available downtown is a great asset to our community on both a recreational level and as a means for transportation,” Snethen said.

Name: Zach Snethen

Age: 37

Profession: architect with HTK Architects