Gene is a registered architect in Arizona, holds a LEED AP BD+C credential , along with an NCARB certificate, which facilitates prompt architectural registration in other most states in the US.
Gene joined PHX Architecture in early 2019. As a Principal, Gene leads the Residential projects group, with an emphasis on designing large scale, luxury residences. His tremendous leadership and design experience allows Gene to successfully lead the project teams here at PHX, our clients as well as effectively manage project timelines. In his time with PHX, Gene has already been extremely influential, jumping right in to client meetings and role as residential team leader.
Gene was born in Illinois, and moved to Tucson, Arizona at the age of nine, when his father purchased a machine/fabrication shop. Graduating from University High School in Tucson, he then attended the College of Architecture at the University of Arizona, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1989. Following his Bachelors, Gene applied to the Master of Architecture program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, after developing a friendship with the former Director of the Design Studio at School of Architecture. Graduating in 1990, he relocated to Phoenix, working at three well-respected Valley architectural firms before starting Spiral Architects in late 2013 – an award-winning custom residential architectural design firm that offered residential architectural design services at the highest level to clients in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, and Tucson.
PHX is thrilled to have Gene Kniaz on board, and is looking forward to seeing everything that he accomplishes with our firm in the future.