Practice Director Chris Knapp is a building designer who holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan and Master of Architecture from Princeton University, where he studied with Michael Graves, Mark Wigley, Nasrine Seraji, Peter Eisenman, Wes Jones, and Preston Scott Cohen. From 2001-2004, Chris was Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Michigan, leading numerous courses in design, construction technology, digital fabrication research, freehand drawing, and sustainable practice, including leadership of the design and research phase of the college's 2005 entry to the United States Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition. He holds a residential building license in Michigan and was a planning commissioner for the city of Ypsilanti, Michigan from 2002-2004. He has practised on Australia's east coast in the Byron Bay area since the beginning of 2005.
Chris Knapp is the Discipline Leader in Design and Technology, and Senior Teaching Fellow, at the newly formed Bond University Soheil Abedian School of Architecture, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Since joining Bond in the inaugural year of its program in January 2011, Chris has coordinated subjects in Design, Digital Communications, and Construction Technology. This academic position allows Built-Environment Practice to integrate the current best practice in sustainable design and construction systems from the emerging academic realm.