David Thompson, AIA
Principal & Founder
David Thompson, AIA is the Founder and Principal Designer of Assembledge+, a Los Angeles architectural studio, established in 1997. During its formative years, David took Assembledge+ to NYC, where he practiced for several years and returned to work in Los Angeles in 2001. With an extensive career spanning over three decades, David possesses a diverse range of expertise encompassing design, management, production, and construction. It is through this multifaceted experience that he imbues his residential and commercial buildings with a refined sense of craftsmanship.
David’s design philosophy centers on the creation of enduring environments that are both responsible and sustainable. His approach extends beyond the mere structure, encompassing a comprehensive program that addresses functional requirements while seamlessly integrating aesthetic and contextual imperatives. This holistic approach imbues his projects with a timeless quality, ensuring their long-term value and relevance. By embracing the principles of sustainability and thoughtful design, David consistently delivers architectural solutions that stand the test of time.
Prior to founding Assembledge+, David Thompson, AIA, made significant contributions to the success of various esteemed Los Angeles architectural firms. He held key positions at Syndesis (David Hertz) in Santa Monica and Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects in Culver City, where he played an instrumental role in designing and managing numerous award-winning residential, multifamily, and commercial projects. Noteworthy among these achievements are the internationally acclaimed Jai House, the striking Cafe R & D for the Houston’s Group, and the distinguished Habitat 825 condominium project, situated next to Schindler’s King’s Roadhouse in West Hollywood, which garnered the prestigious 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, where he serves on the advisory board committee and is actively involved in the Richardson Memorial Hall Preservation Program, the River and Delta Urbanism Platform, and other initiatives. Additionally, he’s 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.