School of Architecture Lecture Series: Maryann Thompson, 2012 Portman Visiting Critic
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MARYANN THOMPSON, FAIA
Founder and Principal
Maryann Thompson Architects
Maryann Thompson, FAIA, was educated at Princeton University and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where she is a member of the Architecture faculty. She founded Maryann Thompson Architects in 2000, following her tenure as a founding partner of Thompson and Rose Architects. She specializes in architecture that is sustainable, regionally driven, and which heightens one’s sense of site and landscape. Her architectural investigations revolve around ideas like the creation of a rich and thoughtful edge between inside and outside; the utilization of light as a material; and strategies for employing warm, natural materials to accentuate a sense of place. Thompson carries degrees in both architecture and landscape architecture, bringing to her practice an interdisciplinary approach where issues of site and landscape are central to design thinking.
Thompson’s work has garnered some 60 design awards, including two AIA National Honor Awards and numerous AIA New England Design Honor Awards and BSA Honor Awards for Design Excellence. Her projects have been widely published in magazines including Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, the Boston Globe, Design New England, Boston Magazine, New England Home, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Art New England, Progressive Architecture, Architecture, and in various architectural books, including Norton's A Guide to 250 Key Twentieth-Century American Buildings, 40 Under 40, and Contemporary American Architects.