Professor Chris Knapp

Professor Chris Knapp

Director of Academic Program - Architecture,
Deans Unit School of Computing, Engineering & Math

Adjunct Professor,
Deans Unit School of Computing, Engineering & Math

Professor of Architecture,
Deans Unit School of Computing, Engineering & Math


Professor Chris Knapp joined the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics as the inaugural Chair of Architecture from October 2017. Trained as an architect, Chris is an educator, practitioner, and researcher most recently based on the Gold Coast as Director of the digital fabrication and design practice, Studio Workshop, and a seven-year academic post at Bond University. Chris is currently completing a PhD in the practice-based research program at the RMIT School of Architecture & Design, and he holds a Master of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan, the latter of which he taught at for 4 years.

At Bond, Chris helped to establish the architecture program from its inception in 2011 and was acting head of school for the duration of 2014, successfully leading the program to be accredited by the Queensland Board of Architects. He coordinated the Master of Architecture degree stream, and supervised independent research and thesis students. Chris also founded the program lecture series and over a four-year period he convened nearly 50 talks by national and internationally acclaimed practitioners. As an Assistant Professor at Bond, he was recognized nationally for innovative curriculum development with an Australian Office of Learning and Teaching Citation, and within Bond, received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He has taught 47 subjects since taking up architectural education in 2001 as a Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Michigan.

Chris’s research is concerned with digital fabrication technologies and their impact upon future modes of architecture and construction practice. His research has been presented at international conferences including at ACADIA, CAADRIA, AASA, ACE, ABS, and RobArch, and published in a range of industry and academic journals, as well as being exhibited in Los Angeles, Kyoto, Singapore, Wellington, and Sydney. He serves on various scientific committees including the Association of Computer-Aided Design in Architecture and the International Association for Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art, & Design. He has attracted over $300,000 in research funding to support a range of project-based investigations.

The work of Professor Knapp’s practice, Studio Workshop, is closely aligned to his research agenda and is used as a fertile ground for experimentation under real-world conditions. The work of the practice was recognized in 2016 with an Australian Timber Design Award for its work with customized timber structures. Recent projects include residential and commercial projects along the east coast of Australia and in Papua New Guinea.

In July 2017, Professor Knapp convened a two-day international conference on Creative Practice Research, supported by an Australian Office of Learning and Teaching Grant in collaboration with RMIT, Bond University, University of Adelaide, and Queensland University of Technology. This event brought together 22 academics and practitioners engaged in higher degree research and reflective practice, examining the processes and trajectories involved with the act of making architecture.

Chris contributes widely to the development of architectural education and practice in Australia, principally in his role as a member of the executive committee of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia (AASA). He has been an invited architecture critic at a range of schools nationally, serves regularly on awards juries, has presented his work in public lectures and moderated events, and contributes to professional dialogue in writing for Architecture Review Asia Pacific, Architecture Australia, FRAME, and the NSW Architecture Bulletin.

This information has been contributed by Professor Knapp.


  • BSc University of Michigan

Professional Memberships

  • Affiliate, Australian Institute of Architects (2013)
  • Executive Committee, Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia (2014)


  • Citation, Australian Office of Learning and Teaching 2014-10-01

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Deans Unit School of Computing, Engineering & Math
  • Deans Unit School of Computing, Engineering & Math
  • Deans Unit School of Computing, Engineering & Math


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Chapters in Books

  • Knapp, C. (2018), 'Digital fabrication as practice-based PhD : tangible speculation into ways of making and representing architecture', Case Study Strategies for Architects and Designers: Integrative Data Research Methods, Routledge 9781138899667.
  • Knapp, C. (2017), 'East House : built environment practice', Wood Residence, Artpower International 9789881261724.
  • Knapp, C. and Nelson, J. (2016), 'Cellular tessellation', Blur d3: Dialog International Journal of Architecture + Design, D3 Publications 9780692740781.
  • Knapp, C. (2015), 'The barnacle : a bit like camping, but much, much better', Living in Style: Architecture + Interiors, Braun Publishing 9783037681770.
  • Knapp, C. (2013), 'East House : built environment practice', Eco Living, Braun Publishing 9783037681497.

Journal Articles

  • Knapp, C. and Nelson, J. (2014), 'Ornament and craft : digital design and the profession', Architecture Bulletin, vol Spring , pp 14 - 15.

Conference Papers

  • Schwartz, T., Andraos, S., Nelson, J., Knapp, C. and Arnold, B. (2016), 'Towards on-site collaborative robotics : voice control, co-speech gesture and context-specific object recognition via ad-hoc communication', Rob/Arch Robotic Fabrication in Architecture, Art and Design, Sydney, N.S.W..
  • Knapp, C., Nelson, J., Kudless, A. and Bohnenberger, S. (2016), 'Lightweight material prototypes using dense bundled systems to emulate an ambient environment', Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia. International Conference, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Knapp, C., Nelson, J. and Kudless, A. (2015), 'Arclight', International Conference and Exhibition of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, Christchurch, New Zealand.
  • Knapp, C. and Nelson, J. (2015), 'Prototyping of composite structural envelopes through CNC and robotic fabrication', Conference on Advanced Building Skins, Bern, Switzerland.
  • Knapp, C., Nelson, J., Parsons, M. and Freeman, N. (2014), 'Cellular Tessellation', ACADIA (Conference), Los Angeles, Calif..
  • Knapp, C., Neslon, J. and Parsons, M. (2014), 'Constructing atmospheres', Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia. International Conference, Kyoto, Japan.
  • Knapp, C. (2013), 'The hand and the machine : a hybrid approach to complex construction in a work of Sir Peter Cook', Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia. International Conference, Singapore.


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