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David Thompson

At a Glance

Class Year: 1972

Award Year: 2013

Degree: Master of Architecture

Profession: Architecture


David Vere Thompson, FAIA, joined RTKL Associates Inc. in Baltimore, MD in 1974. He was named a Vice President in 1993 retiring after 39 years, as a Senior Vice President, Federal Sector Leader and member of the Board of Directors. His career has focused on design, master planning and management, emphasizing collaborative teaming, resulting in award winning workplace environments balanced with unique security and technology solutions. He was elevated to Fellowship in the AIA in 2011 and received the Urbahn Medal for notable contributions to architecture from the Society of American Military Engineers in 2002. “He has led some of the most complex and sensitive assignments ever awarded by the federal government, mentoring a widening group of practitioners along the way,” said Lance K. Josal, RTKL’s president and CEO. His work includes the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) New Campus, The Defense Threat Reduction Center, The National Ground Intelligence Center, The National Maritime Intelligence Center and work for other intelligence community members. For the Department of Defense he was Principal in Charge for the Reconstruction of the Pentagon following 9/11, consolidation of the Army Research Laboratories, Rehabilitation of the National Landmark Bancroft Hall Complex and the Museum at the U.S. Naval Academy. Other projects include the FDA Headquarters Campus, SSA Metro West Complex, the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and Perimeter Security on Capitol Hill. “He has emerged as perhaps the country’s foremost expert on the integration of technical security requirements into the built environment, creating secure architecture embracing a more holistic, balanced approach to design,” said Harold Adams ‘61, a retired chairman of RTKL and an outstanding alumnus of the college. Additional clients include IBM, The University of Virginia, and The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. His projects received AIA, DOD, Army and other design, collaboration and sustainability awards. In the early 80’s he was a leader in Computer Aided Design authoring 3d modeling and visualization systems and other design applications and serving on AIA national committees and the AIA Foundation’s Architectural Research Council. David collects antique architectural drawing instruments and rare books, enjoys sports cars and travel. He and his wife, Renae ’74 reside in Wilmington, NC.