About Knapp Architects
Historic preservation is more than retaining old buildings, it is about engaging in a spectrum that reflects generations, economies, and the ebb and flow of embedded culture that bring architecture and the designed environment forward. It is also about finding new uses and collaborating on workable solutions to extend the life and continuity of historic buildings—and setting buildings in their full physical, cultural, and historical context. Knapp Architects brings to its work broad knowledge and experience of historic architectural styles, construction techniques, and details from vernacular to Classical to Midcentury Modern. Our work encompasses a variety of building types from small structures and houses to larger commercial, institutional, and civic buildings as well as large tracts of land—districts, neighborhoods, campuses, military bases, farms, estates, and open spaces.
Knapp Architects provides full architectural services, including drawings in AutoCAD, written specifications, and construction-phase services and specializes in historic preservation and related architectural rehabilitation. In addition, we research and document the history and significance of properties; we provide documentation of existing conditions, conditions assessments, feasibility studies, and compliance consultations for proposed projects and federal tax credit documentation. The firm benefits from ongoing collaboration with allied professionals experienced in architecture, landscape architecture, structural engineering, infrastructure engineering, architectural history, and landscape history.
Based in San Francisco, the firm has practiced in the Bay Area and California since its founding by Frederic Knapp in 2006. The firm is a San Francisco Contract-Monitoring-Division-certified Local Business Enterprise and a California corporation.