Thomas Knapp

Thomas Knapp

Chicago, IL, US

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Established Architect working on Custom Design of Residential and Commercial Projects.  Specialties include Historic Preservation and Construction Management.  Past Project Types include: 

Multi-Family and Mixed Use, New Construction Single Family, Residential Additions and Remodeling, Commercial Interiors, Restaurants and Bars, Medical Offices and Educational 



TR Knapp Architects pc, Chicago, IL, US, President Architect Construction Manager

President of a small Family Owned Architectural Design Firm. Projects include Residential Design and Construction Management, Commercial Interiors and Small New Construction Projects.

May 1995 - current


University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, BArch, Architecture and Urban Planning

Architecture and Urban Planning

Sep 1984 - Jun 1991

U of I Study Abroad Program, Versailles, France, BArch, Architecture and Urban Planning

One Year Study Abroad Program focusing on Architecture and Urban Design with an emphasis on studying Historical Architecture and Urban Planning Principles First Hand.

Extensive travel in Northern Europe and intense focus on the History and Development of Modern Architecture and Urban Planning Principles.

Sep 1986 - Jun 1987


Historic Restoration, 1st Place

Cited by Local Preservation Group for taking a typical boring 1950’s ranch home and remodeling the exterior to compete with modern new development in a thriving upscale suburban site. The award specifically states that “the architects attention to detail and focus on simple craftsmanship took a rather plain postwar ranch with no personality and created a new presence on the block, adding character to the historic neighborhood on a tight budget. This project shows that even small projects on non-descript post war housing can have a positive effect on the community and create a strong presence, preserving and enhancing the character of the neighborhood”.


Historic Preservation, 1st Place

Village of Winnetka - Historic Preservation Commission -Recognized for the Restoration and One Story Addition to the Schultz House built by GW Maher in 1908.

This project involved a one story addition for a new Kitchen and Breakfast Room at the rear of a local historic landmark. The project includes restoration and reinstallation of Historic art glass details as well as introduction of new art glass and millwork to compliment the original architects most recognized historical elements. The project was praised for its attention to detail and contextual treatment of exterior detailing to preserve the character of the local landmark while improving the homes overall utility and modern conveniences.


Historic Preservation, 1st Place

City of Highland Park - Historic Preservation Commission - Recognized for the full Restoration and Two Story Addition to the Lamborn House built by GW Maher in 1910.

Project included the complete gut remodeling of the entire residence - Recognized as a National Historic Landmark Structure - with careful attention to historical interior and exterior details, including restoration of Historic Art Glass Detailing, Interior Hardwood Casework and Millwork, Restoration of custom door hardware and miscellaneous exterior details and arbors.

Thomas Knapp acted as Design Architect and Construction Manager for the entire project, delivering the project on time and on budget.


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