Rufus Knight was born in 1986 in Opotiki, New Zealand. At Victoria University's School of Architecture and Design in Wellington, he undertook studies in Interior Architecture after which he held an Associate position at award-winning practice Fearon Hay Architects. Following working terms abroad in Europe, notably for Vincent Van Duysen Architects in Antwerp, he opened his own Auckland-based studio, Knight Associates, concentrating on Interior Architecture and Design in 2016.
Journalist Noelle McCarthy described Knight as having ‘a lucrative talent for translating branding ephemera into built spaces people want to be in. The work inhabits a sweet spot between art and commerce, and the spaces he creates share a luxurious tactility but not a strict aesthetic.’ Working on a global portfolio of projects, Knight Associates apply an honest and tactile aesthetic to residential, commercial, and experiential briefs from a cultural and contextually informed approach.
Knight Associates' work has been published internationally and in 2015 the studio was awarded the Designers Institute of New Zealand's highest achievement for Spatial Design, the Purple Pin, for their work on the Lonely Ponsonby flagship. More recently they have curated part of the New Zealand national pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, are overseeing the Interior Design of one of Auckland’s most prestigious multi-residential addresses, The International building, collaborating with global skincare company, Aēsop, and refurbishing the interiors for New Zealand’s most established fitness brands, Les Mills.