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Honorary Professor, Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University | Professor Chris Knapp

Internationally-recognised designer, educator, and researcher, Professor Chris Knapp, commenced at Bond University in May 2019 as Head of the Abedian School of Architecture.

Professor Knapp is currently the inaugural Chair of Architecture at Western Sydney University.  In this position he has had responsibility for the development of a new architecture and urban transformation program which included the creation of undergraduate and postgraduate Architecture degrees.

Prior to his appointment at Western Sydney University in 2017, Professor Knapp was previously at Bond University having played a significant role in establishing the architecture program from its inception.  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 to this day continues to showcase nationally and internationally acclaimed architects and practitioners.

Professor Knapp said he was excited at the opportunity to advance the Abedian School of Architecture and Bond University into the future.

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

“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.

“We are keen to see the program grow and attract more community and industry engagement on a global scale.

“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 said he was delighted that Professor Knapp would be joining the Faculty.

“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,” Professor Carson said.

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

Patron of the Abedian School of Architecture and Sunland Group Founder, Dr Soheil Abedian said Professor Knapp would play an integral role in the future development of the School.

“Chris is internationally connected and I have no doubt he will take the School of Architecture and make it into one of the best Schools in the world,” Dr Abedian said.

“Chris is young and dynamic, and progressive architecture is at the heart of his educational ethos, as well as the curriculum he created.”

Professor Knapp whose architectural training was at the Universities of Michigan and Princeton began his academic career at the University of Michigan (2001-2004). He was a planning commissioner for the city of Ypsilanti, Michigan (2002-2004) in suburban Detroit, has practised in Australia since 2005 and is a Co-Director of digital fabrication and design practice, Studio Workshop, which is based on the Gold Coast. 

His 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 in a range of industry and academic journals, as well as being exhibited in Los Angeles, Kyoto, Singapore, Wellington, and Sydney.

Professor Knapp contributes widely to the development of architectural education and practice in Australia, principally in his role as Treasurer of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia (AASA) since 2014. 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 and Design. He has also been a member of the NSW AIA Education and Research Committee since 2017.

Professor Knapp was recognised nationally for innovative curriculum development with an Australian Office of Learning and Teaching Citation, and within Bond University, received the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Head of School (Interim), Professor Michael Keniger

Michael Keniger is a Professor of Architecture at the Abedian School of Architecture, and is program coordinator for the Master of Architecture program.

Professor Keniger is a former Queensland Government Architect, who helped deliver highly-acclaimed, iconic public projects including Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and State Library, was recognised this month (May) with the prestigious 2017 National President’s Prize at the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Annual Convention. Professor Keniger trained at the internationally esteemed Architectural Association School of Architecture in London before serving as a unit master at the institution, and is excited to share his experience and knowledge with Bond University’s architecture students.  

He also boasts more than three decades of experience at the University of Queensland, where he held a number of senior positions including Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the Department of Architecture. He was also awarded Queensland Architect of the Year in 1998, was a member of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Design Review Panel, and was a key design advisor to the National Museum Project in Canberra. From 1999 to 2006, Professor Keniger was the Queensland Government Architect before he was appointed by Queensland's Deputy Premier as a member of the inaugural Board of the Urban Land Development Authority (ULDA) in 2007. He helped guide the redesign of Brisbane’s iconic South Bank precinct, serving as a design adviser and member of the Board of the South Bank Corporation. He currently chairs Brisbane Airport Corporation’s Development and Design Integrity Panel – one of numerous design panels he has supported during his professional career.

Professor Keniger said he had a passion for framing public life: "Architecture is not always accessible to the wider community so being able to help deliver public projects that can be enjoyed by all comers has served as an inspiration during my career.”

Professor Adrian Carter

Adrian Carter is Professor of Architecture at the Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University. He is a registered architect in Denmark, having studied previously at the Portsmouth School of Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen and at the University of Cambridge.

As a practicing architect, Professor Carter has extensive Nordic and International architectural and urban design experience. He has worked with internationally renowned architects: Raili and Reima Pietilä (Helsinki, Finland), Niels Torp (Oslo, Norway), Ancher, Mortlock and Woolley (Sydney), Henning Larsen and Dissing+Weitling in Copenhagen, Denmark. His wide ranging architectural work has included public buildings, architectural design competitions, master-planning and civil-engineering projects, including the Finnish Embassy New Delhi, India; the Sief’s Palace Kuwait; Tampere Library, Finland; Aker Brygge harbour development, Oslo, Norway; Illum’s Department Store, Copenhagen; Walsh Bay housing, Sydney; Storebælt Suspension Bridge, Denmark; Novi Nordisk Headquarters, Copenhagen and the European Embassies of the European Union in Abuja, Nigeria.

Professor Carter has previously taught at the Aarhus School of Architecture and at Aalborg University in Denmark, as well as a visiting academic at the University of Sydney, Portsmouth University and University of Tasmania. While at Aalborg University he initiated and became the Director of the Utzon Research Center, and was responsible for the realisation of the Utzon Center building on the Aalborg harbourfront, designed in collaboration with Jørn Utzon.

As an expert on the work of Jørn Utzon, Professor Carter has acted an advisor and contributor to the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage’s nomination of the Sydney Opera House for inscription on the World Heritage List in 2006. Professor Carter has lectured internationally and written extensively on Utzon’s work, as well as Australian, Nordic and International Contemporary Architecture. His teaching and research is grounded in a humanistic, tectonic and phenomenological architectural understanding; with a particular focus on the creative use of analogy, metaphor and precedent, as a means to design humane, aesthetically satisfying and technically innovative architecture. Professor Carter was awarded his PhD for his thesis ’The Utzon Paradigm’ at Aalborg University in Denmark in early 2016.

Associate Professor Marja Sarvimaki

Dr Marja Sarvimaki is an Associate Professor at the Bond University’s Abedian School of Architecture in Gold Coast, Australia, and responsible for the School’s Architectural History and Theory curriculum. Previously she taught Architectural History-Theory and design studios at the University of Hawaii School of Architecture. She was born in Helsinki, Finland, and earned her MArch and PhD at the Helsinki University of Technology (current Aalto University). She also has pursued studies on Japanese architecture at the Tokyo National University of Arts in Tokyo, and conducted her post-doctoral research on Korean architecture at the Korea University in Seoul.

Closely related to the Architectural History and Theory subjects, Magi, as she is known, takes the Bond students on international Architectural study tours; in 2016 and 2017 the destination was Japan. In addition to the doctoral dissertation Structures, Symbols and Meanings: Chinese and Korean Influence on Japanese Architecture, which comprised extensive fieldwork in East Asia, her work includes numerous publications on East Asian cultures as well as architectural research methodology; her most recent book Case Study Strategies for Architects and Designers: Integrative Data Research Methods was published by Routledge in June 2017.

Associate Professor Daniela Ottmann

Dr Daniela Ottmann is an Associate Professor at the Abedian School of Architecture, and is the Environmental Stream Coordinator (HDR, postgraduate and undergraduate programs).

Daniela has been practising, teaching and researching architecture and urban design in various socio-cultural, politico-economic and bio-climatic environments in varied scales in Europe, Middle East, Australia, Africa and China since 1997. 

Her systematic understanding of the built environment as the third skin has driven her to adequately mediate between the anthropo-sphere and eco-sphere to serve socio-cultural achievements and the well-being of people through the best possible solutions in the design of architecture and urbanism. 

Apart from the applied practise in architecture (DSA architects, RMJM, x-architects, zoom architects) and academic (teaching and research) expertise (University Kassel Germany, Canadian University Dubai, German University Oman, AUDRC/UWA Australia, Zhejiang University/China), Daniela had the opportunity of building up and conducting architectural and urban design curricula besides integrating various governmental department research projects. 

Dr Ottmann's research and teaching interests are dedicated to ecologically (natural and human) sustainable architectural and urban design strategies for adequate future cities (e.g. ‘Urban Correlator’; ‘Urban Ecolution’). New materials for bio-climatically sound and health-ful buildings, the understanding of traditional/passive design building knowledge (e.g. ‘Klimastoff: Local Resources, New Materials and Bioclimatic Design’) and research on (affordable, modular, digitally prefabricated) housing, Co-housing (Co+ participatory planning processes) and slum-upgrading (e.g. ‘Housing+’) add to sustainable future cities. 

Assistant Professor Matthew Eagle

Matthew is a registered architect and teaches in the undergraduate program as the first year studio and program coordinator.

Matthew founded the studio ME in 2013 and in a relatively short period, the studio has gained local, state and national recognition. This includes the 2016 Queensland emerging architect award, national commendations for 'Maker' and 'Gauge' at the 2015 Eat Drink Design Awards and recognition for both the Francis Street and Dolphin Court residences at various levels including publication in national and local press. In 2017, Matthew’s Burleigh Street House project was awarded the Single Residential Exterior Dulux Colour Award, Project of the Year at the Gold Coast/ Norther Rivers Architecture Awards and the Gold Coast/ Northern Rivers Architecture People’s Choice Award.

He has experience working on complex, large scale institutional and commercial projects at Wilson Architects in Brisbane. These projects involved collaborations with some of Australia’s most awarded and revered practices and architects including John Wardle Architects, Timothy Hill and Lahz Nimmo.  In 2008, Matthew worked at OMA in Rotterdam NL and contributed to the design of competition schemes and the design and development of the Koningin Julianaplein mixed use project in The Hague.

Areas of interest include housing, adaptive reuse, low scale density, atmosphere, place, construction and materials.

Matthew's projects include:

  • Burleigh Street House (Gold Coast)
  • Gauge Restaurant (Brisbane)
  • Patio House (Gold Coast)
  • Francis Street House (Gold Coast)

Matt's firm ME and multi-award winning Burleigh Street House project has received a number of accolades, including:

  • Queensland Emerging Architect Award – Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • ‘Single Residential Exterior’ Winner - 2017 Dulux Colour Award
  • Project of the Year – 2017 Gold Coast / Northern Rivers Architecture Awards
  • People’s Choice -2017 Gold Coast / Northern Rivers Architecture Awards
  • Elina Mottram Award for Residential Architecture –2017 Queensland Architecture Awards
  • Best House Alterations and Addition over 200 square meters – 2017 Houses Magazine Awards
  • Best Emerging Architecture Practice Award – 2017 Houses Magazine Award   
  • National Award: Alterations and Additions – 2017 National Architecture Awards