Bud Knapp, AIA, Principal Retires from SWBR

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

After 22 years, Bud Knapp is retiring from SWBR.

"Architecture is what I love. I want to continue to work on small projects for churches and my friends. It's very humbling to have spent almost a quarter-century with a talented team and an outstanding company like SWBR. I am leaving the firm with so many great memories and friends."
Over the years he has been involved in our corporate management team, serving on the Board of Directors and several committees as part of the firm's leadership. "Bud has been an integral part of our team over the past 22 years," says Dave Beinetti, President. "His wealth of knowledge and dedication to SWBR have been essential to the firm's success. We are so proud of all that he has accomplished and wish him the very best in his retirement."

Throughout his career, Bud has designed several high-profile projects, including Roberts Wesleyan College's Cultural Life Center, First Bible Baptist Church in Greece and the Corning Country Club Clubhouse. He worked on several independent and care facilities for adults throughout the region, and numerous Dorschel Automotive buildings. Before coming to SWBR, Bud was the President of Architectura, PC, a partner of Lawson, Knapp & Pulver Architects, and an architectural designer and draftsman at Todd & Giroux Architects.

Before he became an architect, he joined the Army completing basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey and attended the School of Military Photography at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey where he became an instructor. After serving in the  Army, he received a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Arizona and studied automotive engineering at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. He also received his associate of applied science in automotive technology from Morrisville State College.

As he retires, Bud plans to work on his cars, practice photography, maybe take on some small architectural  projects and spend time with his wife Pam and their five children and 13 grandchildren.

Best of luck Bud, we wish your health and happiness in your retirement!