David Thompson - Principal & Founder

David Thompson

Principal & Founder

David Thompson founded Assembledge+ in 1997.  He has over 20 years of diverse architectural experience in design and management as well as in the production and construction aspects of residential and commercial projects.  With a Bachelors and a Masters degree from Tulane University, David has been a key member of several significant offices including Syndesis in Santa Monica and Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects in Culver City.  As a senior designer/project manager, he designed and managed several 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 awarded an AIA National Housing Award in 2008.  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.  He is an accomplished furniture designer with an expertise in methods of fabrication.

Richard Thompson, FAIA, AICP - Principal, Urban Design & Planning

Richard Thompson, FAIA, AICP

Principal, Urban Design & Planning

In 2013, Assembledge+ was joined by David Thompson’s father, Richard W. Thompson, FAIA, AICP, as Principal for Urban Design and Planning. Richard, brings more than 45 years of experience in designing and planning a broad range of projects throughout the United States and abroad. Together, father-son duo—Richard and David—intend to build upon the firm’s commitment to collaboration and broaden the firm’s capability to address larger scale projects in the urban and campus environment.

Prior to joining Assembledge+, for over eighteen years Richard served as Principal in Charge of the Urban Design and Planning Studio at AC Martin Partners, Inc. A recognized expert in campus planning, Richard has led the preparation of 30 master plans for Colleges and Universities both in the US and abroad. Before joining AC Martin, Richard led his own architecture and urban design practice for 20 years—Archiplan Urban Design Collaborative. This award-winning small architecture and planning firm earned a reputation for innovative, socially responsible planning and urban design work throughout Southern California. A dedicated urbanist, part time painter and urban pioneer, Richard has lived in an artist’s loft in downtown Los Angeles’ loft district for over 20 years.

Cesar Quinones

Associate/Studio Manager

Cesar is a California licensed architect and LEED professional, with over sixteen years of experience in planning, design, and construction,
with a distinguished record as an expert leader in the construction administration phase: from bidding through close-out, specializing in a diverse range of clients from  residential, commercial and higher education. Cesar obtained his Masters at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and his Bachelor’s from SCI-ARC. Previously, Cesar worked at AC Martin, Lee Burkhart Liu, Bobrow Thomas & Associates and Johnson Fain Partners.

Gregory Marin

Gregory Marin

Project Manager

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.

Can Jiang

Can Jiang

Junior Designer

Can Jiang is from Jiangsu, China, and received her Bachelor’s from Nanjing University of Technology, and her Master’s from the University of Southern California with honors and awards from Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society and the SOA Merit Scholarship. Prior to joining Assembledge+ in February 2016, Can worked at LA-based OMC and Von Oeyen Architects, as well as internships at PH Alpha Design and HPP Hentrich Petschnigg & Partner GmbH + Co. KG, based in Hong Kong and Shanghai City, respectively. Can specializes in design development, 3D modeling, 2D CAD drawing, interior design and urban planning, for high-end residential, retail and higher education. Before officially moving to California, Can embarked on Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles. Outside of work, Can enjoys traveling, cooking, skiing, sports cars and is an avid cats and dogs lover.

Ignacio Bruni

Ignacio Bruni

Junior Designer

Ignacio graduated with honors from the University of Florida, College of Design, Construction & Planning. Prior to joining Assembledge+, Ignacio had an internship at the engineering firm Odebrecht Infraestructura and primarily worked on the new Tocumen Airport in Panama City designed by Foster + Partners. He also worked at CSA Group Miami and was a research assistant to various professors. At Assembledge+, Ignacio specializes in 3D modeling and visualization renderings. Born and raised in Venezuela, Ignacio is fluent in English and Spanish, and studied abroad in Italy, Greece, Turkey, India, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, U.E.A, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea. Ignacio’s hobbies are designing kinetic installations, doing research on the relationship between human emotions and Architecture, and sports; anything related to them.

India Jacobs

India Jacobs

Junior Designer

India is a Los Angeles artist and designer, having obtained her Master of Architecture from Tulane University in New Orleans and her Royal Institute of British Architects Part 1 from the Architectural Association in London, UK. She has exhibited work at both schools as well as the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and The Front, a New Orleans artist collective. Her final year thesis, Future Mythologies, was awarded the top honor of Outstanding Thesis by the faculty at the Tulane School of Architecture. Using 3D design tools as well as hand painting, India’s work generally focuses on large-scale conceptual architectural projects that subtly and humorously juxtapose social inequality and ignorance with playful compositions using a bold and theatrical illustrative style. She has been with Assembledge+ since July of 2016 and works primarily on residential projects.

Jennifer Garrett

Jennifer Garrett

Junior Designer

Jennifer is a Los Angeles based designer and a graduate of the University of New Mexico’s Master of Architecture program. While her focus is solely on architecture, past experiences include work with both traditional photography and large format aerial film for geographic data collection. Outside of the office, Jennifer works with the City of Los Angeles as a volunteer docent at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, providing tours and information to visitors. She is currently working toward architectural licensure in the state of California.

Jooyoung Chung

Jooyoung Chung

Project Architect

Jooyoung attended Hongik University, widely known as Korea’s best architecture and art institution, and received his master’s from SCI-ARC. Prior to joining Assembledge+, Jooyoung worked at Nadel Architects, Aedas, P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S, among others. He enjoys being with family, having a cocktail, and Café Racer.

Lori Ward

Lori Ward

Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Mitchell Steichhirsch

Project Architect

Melanie Mabugat-Wagner

Melanie Mabugat-Wagner

Marketing Director

With over 8 years of experience in the marketing, communications, and business development sectors of the architecture industry, Melanie joined Assembledge+ in 2016. She received a degree in Art History from the American University of Paris. Prior to joining Assembledge+, she worked with MEIS architects, Marmol Radziner, Pfeiffer Partners and Praetorian Development. While not at work, she enjoys travelling the world, her Olympus Pen-F, interior design, and going to concerts.

Raul Aguilera

Raul Aguilera

Project Manager

Raul was born in Ventura, California in 1980, and received his Bachelor of Architecture at Woodbury University in 2007. He went on to receive his Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA in 2009. Raul has spent his career specializing in high-end residential and mixed-use developments and joined Assembledge+ in 2016. His design career began at Roto Architects in Los Angeles and has since worked at other design oriented firms throughout Los Angeles including HBA, Dennis Gibbens Architects, Landry Design Group and Lahmon Architects. In addition to architecture, Raul enjoys playing musical instruments, traveling and exploring L.A.’s diverse cuisine.

Runing Wang

Runing Wang

Junior Designer

Runing attended Nanjing University of Technology in China and received his master’s degree from University of Pennsylvania. After witnessing the city of Philadelphia buried in snow for most of winter, he decided to move to one of the warmest cities in America. Before joining Assembledge, he had internships with Tongji Architectural Design (TJAD), Gensler (Shanghai office) and Atelier Liu Yuyang. He is a fast learner with a deep passion for new ideas and technologies. He enjoys badminton and cycling on weekends.

Scott Nusinow

Project Architect

Scott Nusinow is a native Angeleno and alumnus of the University of Southern California School of Architecture, where he graduated cum laude. He has worked across disciplines, primarily on adaptive re-use educational facilities in marginalized communities. His experience also 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 designer working on restaurant design and construction. He is interested in socially-responsible architecture, and believes in universal access to well-designed spaces. He can often be found traversing the neighborhoods, beaches, and hillside trails that compose the diverse landscape of Los Angeles.