David ThompsonPrincipal & Founder
Richard Thompson, FAIA, AICPPrincipal, Urban Design & Planning
Cesar Quinones, LEED APAssociate/Studio Manager
Gregory MarinProject Manager
Michael P. Sweeney, AIASenior Architect
Scott NusinowProject Architect
Raul AguileraProject Manager
Mitchell StreichhirschProject Architect
Jooyoung ChungProject Architect
Runing WangJunior Designer
Can JiangJunior Designer
Ignacio BruniJunior Designer
Nicole SavilleJunior Architect
Andrea KlabanovaMarketing and Communications Manager
Lori WardOffice Manager/Bookkeeper
Principal & Founder
David Thompson is the founder and principal designer of Assembledge+, founded in 1997 in Los Angeles. During its formative years, David took Assembledge+ to NYC, where he practiced for a number of years and returned to work in Los Angeles in 2001. With over 25 years of diverse architectural experience in design and management as well as in the production and construction aspects, David’s buildings – whether residential or commercial – express a highly refined sense of craft.
Prior to establishing Assembledge+ David has been a key member at a number of Los Angeles architectural firms including Syndesis (David Hertz) in Santa Monica and Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects in Culver City. As a senior designer/project manager, David played a vital role in the design and management of award-winning residential, multifamily, and commercial projects including the internationally published Jai House, Cafe R & D for the Houston’s Group, and the Habitat 825 condominium project next to Schindler’s King’s Road house in West Hollywood, which was distinguished with AIA National Housing Award.
The son of an architect, David’s formative years tinkering with objects informed his interest in the craft. As an accomplished furniture designer, David’s expertise in methods of fabrication informs Assembledge+’s architectural projects. “With furniture design, I’ve been able to immerse myself in materials research and explore the process of piecing objects together. Compared to architecture, furniture is collapsible, movable and flexible. It has enabled me to reduce the scale of architecture, look at it in detail, hold it in my hands and explore a variety of conceptual approaches.”
David holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Tulane University and has been a member of organizations such as the AIA and the LA Forum for Art and Architecture. David was raised in the heart of Hollywood and retains a deep knowledge of Los Angeles and a commitment to extending the city’s history of architectural innovation.
Richard Thompson, FAIA, AICP
Principal, Urban Design & Planning
Richard is an award-winning architect, planner and urban designer with over 45 years of diverse experience in leading the design of a broad array of projects in architecture, planning, urban design, community design, transportation, Institutional, university, and corporate master planning
Prior to joining his son’s firm Assembledge+ in 2013, for over 18 years, Richard served as a Principal and Director of the Urban Design and Planning Studio at AC Martin Partners, Inc., an eminent architecture and planning firm in Los Angeles with a 106-year history. Under his leadership, the studio developed a national reputation with an award-winning portfolio that included significant projects in Campus Master Planning, New Community Planning, Urban Mixed-use Development, Urban Transit Planning, and Corporate Master Plans. The studios work in recent years developed a particular emphasis and expertise in sustainable practices.
Richard is also nationally recognized as an expert in planning for colleges and universities having directed the preparation of 30 College and University Master Plans, each of which has dramatically altered these campus environments and defined for each a solid vision for their growth and enhancement. Richard’s most recent master plans for both the main campus for Cal State San Bernardino and the Palm Desert satellite campus (accomplished in association with CRTKL) were each selected for awards by the American Institute of Planners.
Richard has a long history of planning for transportation, for example, he led the planning and design team that won the developer competition for the MTA’s North Hollywood Transit- Oriented Development District. He also led the design of the LAX Bus Transfer Center at LAX and the Monterey/Salinas Downtown Bus Center as well as the Orange County Multi-modal Transit Center in Santa Ana, all three of which have won a number of design awards. Most recently Richard led the design effort for a redevelopment of the Downtown Bakersfield Transit Center which has been unanimously approved by the Golden Empire Transit Authority Board and is currently awaiting funding this fiscal year.
Representative of Richard’s work in urban design is The Grand Avenue Master Plan, the centerpiece of downtown Los Angeles’ current revitalization. Selected by the Grand Avenue Committee to create an urban design plan for the neighborhood surrounding the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Richard, was instrumental in creating the blueprint for one of downtown Los Angeles’ most important undertakings. That vision is now being implemented by a master developer for this $1.5 Billion project.
Richard has also accomplished a number of projects in the Far East, leading the design of new communities, university campuses and resort projects in Korea, China, Japan, and Thailand.
In 2007, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated him to its prestigious College of Fellows (FAIA), an honor awarded to members who have made contributions of national significance to the profession. Out of more than 85,000 members, fewer than 3500 are distinguished with this honor.
A dedicated urbanist, part-time painter and urban pioneer, Richard has lived in an artist’s loft in downtown Los Angeles’ Art district for over 24 years. “Downtown LA is finally beginning to live up to the hopes and dreams many of us have had for years.”
Cesar Quinones, LEED AP
Cesar is a California licensed architect and LEED professional and has over twenty years of academic and hospitality experience in planning, management, and construction throughout California and Canada. Cesar’s strength lies in his ability to lead and manage projects during the construction phase, where he has successfully delivered over $90 million in construction within the Client’s expectations of quality, scope, and cost.
Cesar received his Master in Architecture from Harvard University and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from SCI-ARC, and a Certificate in Construction Management from UCLA. Prior to joining Assembledge+ in 2014, Cesar worked at a number of architecture firms including AC Martin, Lee Burkhart Liu, Bobrow Thomas & Associates and Johnson Fain Partners.
At home with the multi-faceted spirit of Assembledge, Gregory has been with us since 2010. A licensed architect, he worked previously for several years as a project structural engineer at a firm specializing in contemporary architecture in Los Angeles. He holds master’s degrees in both architecture and real estate development with an undergraduate background in political theory and a Fulbright Fellowship to Germany in sociology. Gregory is a great fan of humanity but has a particular fondness for misanthropes.
Michael P. Sweeney, AIA
Michael P. Sweeney, AIA, is a practicing architect in Los Angeles with a background on projects of all scales from concept through construction. Prior to coming to Assembledge+ in 2017, he was a Senior Associate at Rios Clementi Hale Studios focusing on large-scale commercial, institutional and adaptive re-use projects. Of his primary projects, the West Hollywood Duplex was awarded a 2015 AIA/LA Design Award Citation for multi-family housing and the Temple Emanuel Beverly Hills Sanctuary renovation received a 2012 Faith & Form Renovation Award for its renovation of the sanctuary and social-hall in a 1952 synagogue originally designed by Sidney Eisenshtat.
Michael is a Former Board member and Vice-President of Operations for the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design has served as Co-Chair of ERNC Land Use & Planning Committee. He is also Board member of Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council, City of Los Angeles Colorado Boulevard Design Review. Michael obtained his Master in Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and his BA from University of Minnesota.
Scott is a native Angeleno and alumnus of the University of Southern California School of Architecture, where he graduated cum laude. He has worked across design disciplines and media, with his writing and research, focused primarily on adaptive re-use educational and public facilities in marginalized communities. His experience prior to joining Assembledge+ in 2016 includes the expansion of the campus of Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana, CA, which was honored with an AIAOC Merit Award for design excellence.
At Assembledge+, Scott is a project architect working on restaurant design and development with the Cactus Restaurants Group where he collaborates on realizing their design-forward fine dining concepts. He is interested in socially-responsible architecture that engages with and is informed by its surroundings and believes in universal access to well-designed spaces for all people.
Raul brings more than 10 years of professional experience in high-end residential design, multi-family, and mixed-use developments. At Assembledge+ his responsibilities include planning, managing and overseeing all aspects of the design and construction process for the residential studio.
Prior to joining Assembledge+ in 2016 he has worked for various Los Angeles based design firms, including Roto Architects and Dennis Gibbens Architects. Raul received his Bachelor of Architecture from Woodbury University and Master’s in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Every five years Raul makes a continuous effort to travel to Barcelona, Spain to visit and see the construction progress of the Sagrada Familia Basilica by Antonio Gaudi.
Mitchell joined Assembledge+ in 2016 and focuses on residential design and project management. Some of his projects include our Rustic Canyon Residence, Pacific Palisades Residence, and Haldeman Residence. His previous experience includes stints at Kelly Wearstler in Los Angeles as well as ICRAV, Freyer Collaborative Architects and Steven Learner Studio in New York City.
Mitchell received his Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. Through architecture and design, he hopes to blur the lines between public and private spaces to foster connections between people and the spaces they inhabit. He is intrigued by the exploration of the grey areas between the spaces in which we gather and those we find respite in.
Jooyoung has 11 years of professional experience, having spent the last 2 years at Assembledge+, where he has worked on both residential and commercial projects, including Cactus Club Sherway Garden, QuickFish and S905 Centinela. Prior to joining Assembledge+ Jooyoung worked as an architectural designer at Nadel Architects, Aedas, P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S and participated in the design of Qatar 2022 FiFA Stadium, as well as Qatar 2022 FiFA Stadium.
Jooyoung obtained his Master of Architecture from SCI-Arc and holds a bachelor’s degree from Hong-Ik University, Republic of Korea. His interests include investigating materials and craftsmanship and trying different ways of architectural visualization technique.
Runing attended Nanjing University of Technology in China and received his master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. At Assemledge+ Runing has worked on several restaurant and residential projects Including Cactus Club Station Square. Prior to joining Assembledge+, he interned at Atelier Liu Yuyang, Gensler and Tongji Architectural Design. He is passionate about new ideas and technological innovations.
At Assembledge+ Can focuses on residential projects from the schematic design through the construction phase. Prior to joining the firm in 2016, she worked at LA-based OMC Inc. and Von Oeyen Architects and held numerous internships, including placements at PH Alpha Design and HPP Hentrich Petschnigg & Partner GmbH + Co. KG, based in Hong Kong and Shanghai City, respectively.
Can holds a bachelor’s degree from Nanjing University of Technology in China and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California with honors and awards from Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society and the SOA Merit Scholarship. During her academic years she focused on researching kinetic interactive design, 3D printing and fabrication.
Ignacio was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to the United States to follow his dream of becoming an Architect. After graduating with honors from the University of Florida, College of Design, Construction & Planning, he moved to Los Angeles to begin his professional development. At Assembledge+, Ignacio’s role involves schematic design, construction documentation, 3d modeling, and visualization. Ignacio is passionate about Architectural Research studies and the power of architecture to build a more equitable world.
Peter joined Assembledge+ in 2018 as a designer, and since then has been working on both residential and commercial projects. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received his master’s degree in architecture from SCI-Arc in 2017.
Since moving to Los Angeles Peter has worked for several artist and architects including Roto Architects, Katrin Terstegen Design and Thomas Demand, and was a model builder for the Mike Kelley’s exhibition at Hauser and Wirth. His interests extend into emerging technology in architecture, integrating Virtual Reality and Augmented technology into the design process to provide 3-D models with multiple levels of interactivity for both design and presentation purposes.
Nicole is from St. Louis and attended Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans, where she recently graduated magna cum laude with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal and recognized for her thesis which explored how the use of color in architecture shapes human experience.
Prior to joining Assembledge+ in January 2019, Nicole worked on residential projects in St. Louis and interned at Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects in LA. Throughout her education and work experience, Nicole has picked up many random skills from welding to wheel-throwing. Outside of work, she continues to experiment with color through painting and collage.
Marketing and Communications Manager
At Assembledge+, Andrea leads a variety of marketing, communications and public relations efforts, working to promote projects and increase the firm’s visibility.
She holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Art Theory from the University of New South, Sydney, Australia and earned her master’s degree in Media, Culture and Communication at the New York University. During her research she focused on design and technology, investigating architecture as a machine through the lenses of media.
Prior to joining Assembledge+, Andrea worked for a New York-based public relations company, where she managed PR for architecture and design studios including Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Friedman Benda and the Rhode Island School of Design. During her career, she has been involved with the Sydney Modern Project by SANNA and curated shows in NYC critically engaging anthropology’s relationship with design.