Architect, educator, practitioner and researcher, professor Chris Knapp is the new head of Bond University’s Abedian School of Architecture.

Professor Knapp is currently the chair of Architecture at Western Sydney University and prior to this appointment in 2017, he was a key member of the team that saw the Abedian School’s programs achieve full accreditation by the Queensland Board of Architects. 

He also founded the Abedian School’s Architecture Lecture Series, which continues to showcase nationally and internationally acclaimed architects and practitioners.

Knapp’s research, which concerns digital fabrication technologies and their impact upon future modes of architecture and construction practice, has been presented at a number of high-profile international conferences and been published globally.

 “The opportunity to lead a program that is so unique in the context of both Australian and international architectural education is exceptional,” says Knapp.

“Bond’s program is highlighted by an innovative and professionally focused curriculum, world-class facilities, a dynamic teaching team and incredibly bright, dedicated students.

“What I am looking forward to, more than anything, is connecting and collaborating with people. At Bond you get to know students incredibly well through an educational dialogue and, due to Bond’s small class sizes and studio-based pedagogy, you are able to help nurture inspirational architectural projects”

“There is a big contribution The Abedian School of Architecture can make to the community, and to serve as its head is a distinct privilege.”

Bond University’s executive dean of the Faculty of Society & Design, professor Derek Carson says, “Chris’ vision of a student focused architectural education working in partnership with industry and other cognate disciplines is exciting and perfectly aligned with the Faculty’s translational approach to research and program design."

“The Faculty will undoubtedly benefit from Chris’ student-focused approach, his time spent in practice, and his leadership experience gained at Western Sydney University.”