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Professional Profile: Bud Knapp 2013


  • Title: Principal, Architectural Department Director
  • Company: SWBR Architects
  • Location: 387 East Main St., Rochester, NY; and 309 South Franklin St., Syracuse, NY
  • Birthplace: Buffalo, NY - Left there when I was 1
Bud Knapp, AIA is Principal, Architectural Department Director with SWBR Architects

Family: Married, 5 Children, 12 grandchildren
College: University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona – Architecture
First job unrelated to your current field: Stock boy in luggage dept. at Sibley’s
First job in your current field: Print boy and deliveries in architects office: Parks, Moran, Hall, Brennan and Sattelberg Architects
What your firm does now and its plans for the future? Full service architectural, interior design, structural engineering and landscape architecture firm. We service multiple markets: College/University, K – 12, large scale housing, commercial, industrial and retail clients with our four studios. We are expanding our healthcare studio. Develop and grow our office in Syracuse.
Hobbies: Golf and fast cars. Built a Shelby Cobra replica and attend cruise nights and track days.
Favorite film: All of the James Bond movies
Favorite novel: “Hot Rod Magazine”
Keys to success: Repeat clients, keep them happy. Use the “KISS” principal whenever possible.
If you had to choose a different profession, what would it be? Building race cars and driving them. Originally went to college for Automotive Engineering.
Person you admire most (outside of the family): Charles Krauthammer