Clayton Knapp

Clayton Knapp

Chicago, IL, US

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I am part of Collective Office, an award winning architecture firm located in Chicago. In the past, I have collaborated on projects with the Hyatt Hotels Corporation, SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates), and ACI Boland Architects. I am a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology with a professional bachelor's of Architecture and a minor in Urban Studies. 


Collective Office, PC., Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Designer

Works on all aspects and phases of the design and construction process for residential and commercial projects.

Collaborates with other architects to solve design problems using plans, sections, diagramming, and renderings.

Jan 2018 - current

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Chicago, IL, US, Design and Planning Intern

Provided design support to the Americas Design Services team with both new-build and renovation projects.

Worked with team architects on public areas, guestrooms, back of house programs, millwork, and presentation graphics.

Evaluated potential projects through drawing, diagramming, writing, and photography.

Jun 2016 - Feb 2018

Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA, Chicago, Exhibition Intern

Collaborated with the Tokyo-based office on a 30’ x 24’ installation for the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Communicated across continents with project architects to meet design deadlines through models and drawings.

Worked on-site in the Chicago Cultural Center to complete purchasing, production, and finishing of the project.

Jul 2017 - Sep 2017

Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL, US, Resident Advisor

Worked with new and returning students to acclimate them to IIT and Chicago by providing opportunities to get involved.

Practiced graphic design in advertising events with flyers.

Exercised collaboration and confidence in sharing ideas with other leaders, such as event planning.

Aug 2014 - May 2017

ACI Boland Architects, Kansas City, MO, US, Architectural Intern

Visited project sites to perform field verification for building renovation projects.

Drew existing-building floorplans from scratch utilizing on-site measurements and observations.

May 2014 - Jul 2014


Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL, US, BArch, College of Architecture

GPA: 3.86

Professional Bachelor of Architecture

Urban Studies Minor

While enrolled, I worked studied with the following professors: Wiel Arets, Lluis Ortega, Jeff Klymson, Andy Tinucci, Andrew Schachman, Jonathan Miller, Vlad Radutny, Lukasz Kowalczyk.

Aug 2013 - May 2018


Schiff Foundation Fellowship for Architecture and Design, Nomination

The Schiff Foundation Fellowship, first granted in 1989 and administered by the Department of Architecture of the Art Institute, is given annually to one student from either the University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, or The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The winning student's portfolio becomes part of the permanent collection of architectural drawings housed within the Ernest R. Graham Study Center for Architectural Drawings.


Dwight T. Black Memorial Scholarship, 1st Place

Scholarship received for 626 West Chicago Avenue, named the best 4th year studio project. The project was nominated by a faculty member and judged by a panel of professionals.


Hyatt Hotels Summer Intern Challenge Winner, 1st Place

Developed a Mentorship Program to improve the retention of Millennial and new-hire employees. Project was presented in front of the Hyatt Hotels executive board along with 3 other competing proposals.


Droste Study Abroad Scholarship, Scholarship

The Spies Droste Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded to select students who are recommended for and accepted into the Study Abroad program. Award of $1000.


Peterhans Visual Training Award, Nomination

Nominated for college-wide award by first year studio professors. Recognizes attention to craft and aesthetics.


Dwight T. Black Memorial Scholarship, Nomination

Competition where the best student work is nominated and reviewed by a jury. A single student is selected for each studio year.


Leaders in Science and Technology Scholarship, Scholarship

Tuition scholarship.


University Scholarship, Scholarship

Scholarship of $30,000 per year for five years of school.


Melville S. Flinn Foundation Scholarship, Scholarship

Tuition scholarship.


National Hispanic Scholar, Award

Scholarship awarded by the College Board to a select number of Hispanic Students in each state who received exemplary PSAT scores.


Eagle Scout, Award

Highest honor of the Boy Scouts of America.

My service project was focused around the design and construction of bookshelves and new table legs for an impoverished Kansas City elementary school.


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