James Knafo Architect, Inc. was founded in 2003 in Naples Florida. Since its formation, the firm has completed numerous residential, corporate, institutional and hospitality projects. Mr. Knafo began working on architectural projects in Southwest Florida in 1997. Since his licensure in 1993, he has been the project architect at design firms in New York City, New Jersey and Naples, Florida. He has also worked as the Residential Design Consultant to Princeton University. As a graduate of Syracuse University, he received the Bachelor of Architecture in 1986. While studying abroad in Florence, Italy, he exhibited at the 1985 Venice Biennale an urban design proposal for the contemporary expansion of an ancient Roman city.

Locally, James has served as the board president of the American Institute of Architects, and, also in positions of leadership on local faith based institutions and government bodies. 

The firm’s architectural designs are consistently well thought out and efficient, aesthetically clean and straightforward, very client and site specific. Additionally, James has always taken a very hands-on approach to the building construction process on all of the company’s designs. All construction projects are administered as the client’s representative with direct contractor communication, scheduled routine field inspections, review of all fabricator’s shop drawings and verification / certification of the contractor’s applications for payments.

It was this career long passion for the actual paper to reality building construction process that led James to create Concierge Contracting, LLC, the construction company subsidiary of James Knafo Architect Incorporated. Concierge Contracting, LLC is unique as a construction company because it only builds the designs created, developed and engineered by James Knafo Architect, Inc. This unique relationship of architect and builder, as one, is what creates exceptional efficiency in the design process all the way through construction, creating enormous value to the client and the completed project. The design / build projects by James Knafo Architect & Concierge Contracting are conceived, developed, executed and controlled with the client’s personal, stylistic and budgetary goals as the project’s foundation from the first sketch all the way through the furniture move in day.

It is this very unique approach to architectural design and building construction that sets James Knafo Architect, Inc. and Concierge Contracting, LLC far apart from all the other design firms and construction companies.

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