Chris Knapp is the new Professor and Chair of Architecture at Western Sydney University

Chris Knapp is the new Professor and Chair of Architecture at Western Sydney University in the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, where he will lead the formation of a new professional program in architecture. In his prior teaching engagement, Chris joined Bond University in 2011 at the inception of the school of architecture there. Within his role at Bond, Chris coordinated subjects in design, independent research, digital fabrication, communications, and construction technology. Chris previously acted in the Head of School (discipline leader) position and was the program coordinator for the Master of Architecture course from 2014 onwards which he led to gain accredited recognition. Chris was convener of the Bond architecture lecture series, hosting nearly 50 events since 2013. Prior to this, Chris was Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Michigan. Chris has worked in professional practice since 1999 in offices in the United States and Australia, and presently he is Director of the design and fabrication practice, Studio Workshop. Chris undertakes research in the areas of digital/computational design, computer aided fabrication, construction systems, methodology and craft. Chris has supervised and coordinated design theses, sits on several scientific committees, and has authored numerous publications including book chapters, journal articles and peer-reviewed conference papers. His practice based research has been exhibited in Kyoto, Los Angeles, Singapore, Wellington, Hobart and several other Australian capital cities. He is Treasurer of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia since 2014 and an affiliate of the Australian Institute of Architects. Professor Knapp holds qualifications from Princeton University, the University of Michigan, and is completing a PhD at RMIT’s School of Architecture and Design