About: bthompson

Brent Thompson is expert in destination design: the master planning and architectural design of public places, including retail, resort, entertainment and town center destinations. Thompson has over twenty-five years of experience in architecture, concept design, master planning and urban design for a wide range of domestic and international clients, including every major entertainment company, with a rich portfolio of projects in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America. Thompson’s history is unique among architects. He was educated traditionally as an architect and planner, a course he followed in his first ten years of practice. He further had opportunity to live and work in Prague, where he was a founding partner of Architects’ Atelier Praha and refined his theoretical approach to architectural design. Upon his return to the United States two years later, he began a five year parenthesis, designing entertainment venues for most of Hollywood’s major studios. Entertainers are students of human psychology, and expert at the idioms of story telling and metaphors. Hollywood is extremely pragmatic in its approach, and places great emphasis on the “guest experience,” and Thompson emerged from that time a unique designer. Though now running a more traditional architecture and planning practice, he has learned to combine design theory with entertainment based pragmatism. His projects are media rich, multi-layered, metaphorical, expressive and culturally relevant. Perhaps more important, they work. He has throughout his varied career been involved in the pragmatic study of the way people use spaces, and the knowledge gained is the basis for each of his designs. He has further learned how to hear the vision of clients and to translate their vision into reality. Specialties Expert in retail, town center, resort, mixed-use, urban design and public space master planning and architectural design

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Concept Design | Specialty Consultants

BTA Principal Brent Thompson has a wealth of Concept Design experience. Concept Design refers to the Big Idea, the Strategy, the Story. The Uniqueness and Greatness of a place. Owners often request our consulting services to...
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Local Architects | 12 Elements of a Great Destination

COMMON ATTRIBUTES OF GREAT DESTINATIONS: 1. Excite and Attract From the very first glance, and frequently while experiencing the destination. Architectural form, layers, transparency, textures, colors, landscape, furnishings, lighting, water, signage, graphics, media, kinetics, and most of...
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