Richard Thompson, FAIA, AICP

Special Consultant

Richard is a highly accomplished Architect and Urban Planner, renowned for his expertise in a wide range of projects spanning architecture, planning, urban design, community design, transportation, institutional, university, and corporate master planning. His career has been marked by significant contributions to prestigious firms and numerous award-winning projects.

Before joining Assembledge+ in 2013, Richard served as a Principal and Director of the Urban Design and Planning Studio at AC Martin Partners, Inc., an esteemed Los Angeles-based architecture and planning firm with a century-long legacy. During his 18-year tenure, Richard led the studio to national prominence, cultivating an impressive portfolio of projects. Notably, his leadership played a pivotal role in the success of campus master planning, new community planning, urban mixed-use development, urban transit planning, and corporate master plans. The studio’s recent work has showcased a distinct focus on sustainable practices, solidifying Richard’s expertise in this vital area.

Richard is widely recognized as an expert in planning for colleges and universities. He has spearheaded the development of 30 college and university master plans, each of which has profoundly shaped campus environments and provided a clear vision for growth and enhancement. Notably, Richard’s master plans for Cal State San Bernardino’s main campus and the Palm Desert satellite campus received accolades from the American Institute of Planners, exemplifying his exceptional talent in this field.

One of Richard’s notable achievements in urban design is The Grand Avenue Master Plan, a transformative blueprint for downtown Los Angeles’ revitalization. Selected by the Grand Avenue Committee, Richard played a pivotal role in creating the vision for this $1.5 billion project surrounding the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The master plan is now being implemented by a designated master developer, cementing Richard’s enduring impact on downtown Los Angeles.

Richard’s influence extends beyond the United States, with notable projects in the Far East. He has led the design of new communities, university campuses, and resort projects in countries such as Korea, China, Japan, and Thailand, further solidifying his international reputation.

In recognition of his significant contributions to the architectural profession, Richard was elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows (FAIA) by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2007.