Feris Chehade

Xavier Knight | Director


Feris established Xavier Knight Consulting Engineers in 2014 with a core philosophy grounded in the ambition to raise the standard of engineering services available to the construction industry. He guides Xavier Knight with strong customer focus, and genuine interest in helping others, with a vision to co-create a built environment capable of enriching the lives of people and their communities.

Feris is committed to delivering extraordinary projects which are practical and cost effective, without compromising architectural expression and design intent. Passionate about collaborative processes, and in applying technical excellence, creativity and innovation to his work, Feris aims to satisfy the social, cultural, ecological and economic outcomes of the projects entrusted to Xavier Knight.

Feris has a passion for projects which influence the fabric of built environments and as a result many of his projects have won industry awards, including:

  • UTS Science Faculty, Building 7 and UTS Library (LRS): 2016 ACSE Large Projects Commendation Award; 2015 AIA National Award Educational Architecture; 2015 NSW AIA – William E Kemp Award for Educational Architecture; 2015 NSW AIA – City of Sydney Lord Mayor’s Prize; 5 Star – Green Star Building
  • UNSW Tyree Energy Technologies Building: 2015 New Teaching and Mixed-Use Laboratory International S-Lab Design Award; 2012 MBA – Tertiary Buildings (over $50M); 2012 MBA – National Public Buildings Award ($50M);
    2012 MBA NSW – Outstanding Construction Award; 2012 MBA – Excellence Award; 5 Star – Green Star Building
  • Macquarie university Library C3C: MBA Excellence Awards – Excellence in Construction Award; 5 Star – Green Star Building


Qualifications & Affiliations


  • Bachelor of Engineering, Civil (Structural), Honors University of Sydney, 2007
    • Dean’s List of Academic excellence
    • University of Merit Scholarship
    • Advanced Engineering Program
  • Member of Engineers Australia (MIEAust)


Areas of Expertise



  • Clubs, retail and hospitality precincts
  • Hotels
  • Educational institutions and Libraries
  • Retail & shopping complexes
  • Art & sculptures
  • Public spaces
  • High rise/density residential developments
  • High rise/density commercial developments


Design Management

  • Concept design
  • Feasibility studies
  • Structural Optimisation and Value engineering
  • Project risks assessment
  • Safety in design
  • Ecological Sustainable Design
  • Constructability assessment


  • Architectural & geometrically complex buildings
  • Deep basement retention & soil structure interaction
  • Post tensioned and concrete
  • Remedial & strengthening technology
  • Precast Concrete
  • Forensic engineering
  • Structural steel and composites




Client: Bankstown RSL Club | Architect: ALTIS Architects | Construction Value: $100 Million