RTKL Vice President David Thompson, AIA, was elected to the international
design firm’s board of directors. He is a member of the
Texas A&M College of Architecture’s Class of 1974
and a 33-year veteran of complex, security-driven projects
Thompson’s appointment to the board was announced by RTKL
Chairman Paul Jacob, AIA, at the firm’s annual shareholder
meeting in Los Angeles.
“David’s strong leadership and his ability to successfully
navigate the challenges of working in the public sector have
proven invaluable to our work for the intelligence community
and various government agencies,” says Jacob. “We’re
confident that bringing his expertise to the Board will extend
that value to a new level firmwide.”
Thompson, who joined RTKL in 1974 and was promoted to Vice President
in 1993, has worked on high-profile public and corporate projects
throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. He is currently the Vice-President-in-Charge
of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency project that will
create a new 2.5 million-SF headquarters for that agency at Ft.
Belvoir, Virginia. Thompson will oversee the project’s
massive design and documentation effort, which was awarded to
the joint venture of RTKL and the Kling Partnership in March
Thompson also led RTKL’s contribution to The Phoenix Project
Post 9/11 Reconstruction of the Pentagon, a project that received
a commendation from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in 2002
and a Special Commendation in Historic Resources from the Washington
Chapter of the AIA in 2003.
In 2002, Thompson was awarded the Urbahn Medal by the Society
of American Military Engineers for Contributions to Architecture.
That same year, the RTKL-designed 258,000-SF National Ground
Intelligence Center, a project led by Thompson that created a
new office and support facility in Charlottesville, Virginia,
received the Army’s Chief of Engineers Excellence in Design
Thompson is a frequent speaker on security design and related
topics, and, in 2004, contributed to “Building Security:
Handbook for Architectural Planning and Design,” the widely
praised reference guide to security design. Thompson is also
an avid collector of antique architectural drawing tools, and
his collection was displayed as part of the 2005 “Tools
of the Imagination” exhibit at the National Building Museum,
where he served on the Curatorial Advisory Committee.
Thompson’s academic background includes a Master of Architecture
degree in 1974 and a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree
in 1972 from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
RTKL is a worldwide architecture, engineering, planning and
creative services organization. Founded in 1946, the firm specializes
in providing its services across the full development cycle
to create places of distinction. With projects around the globe,
RTKL is an idea-driven firm providing innovative customized
business solutions and seamless delivery to clients in commercial,
cultural and governmental realms.
David Thompson, BED '72, MARCH '74