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David Thompson Architects LLC is a New Haven based architectural firm providing comprehensive design services to schools, colleges, religious institutions, and unique non-profit clients throughout the northeast region.  The firm also provides design services for residential clients involving both new and renovated construction.  The practice is built on a strong commitment to design, thoughtful consideration of program, careful attention to detail, and consistent follow-through from project inception to occupancy.  The success of the practice is reflected in its repeat clientele, evidenced in the body of work completed by the firm over many years.  The majority of our projects range in construction cost from $200,000 to $15,000,000, with occasional exceptions of larger or smaller scale.  Working in this context, the firm is structured to insure consistent attention to detail, supported by a staff of highly experienced design professionals.   All of the firm’s work speaks to an intense interest in the thoughtful relationship of new construction to the given physical and social context.

R. David Thompson


The firm is lead by David Thompson, AIA, a 1985 graduate of the Yale School of Architecture and recipient of the AIA Henry Adams School Medal.  Mr. Thompson, a former fourteen year Associate with Roth and Moore Architects, has served as editor of Perspecta 24, the Yale Architecture Journal, and has taught or lectured at Yale, Rhode Island School of Design, the College of the Holy Cross, Hampshire College, the University of Tennessee, and the California School of the Arts.  Mr. Thompson previously served as Project Architect at Roth and Moore for major works at Vassar College, Connecticut College, Choate Rosemary Hall, and Drew University, as well as at public schools in New Haven and Branford, Connecticut.  He serves as an Officer on the Board of the Cold Spring School and the New Haven-based Institute for Educational Innovation.  Mr. Thompson’s work has been recognized with a National Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects, and five Design Awards from the Connecticut Chapter of the AIA.

Torin Thurston


Torin Thurston, AIA earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma with high honors and the AIA Student Gold Medal and a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from Rice University. He began his professional career in Austin, Texas and was originally licensed in the State of Texas. The majority of his ten years in Austin were professionally spent in the design and construction administration of numerous moderate to large scale health care projects. Mr. Thurston began his educational project architect experience while in Champaign-Urbana, IL for the next five years and was an Assistant Professor of Design within the University of Illinois School of Architecture. For the past thirteen years while living in New Haven, Connecticut, Mr. Thurston has continued his professional practice as project architect on a number of educational and institutional projects.

Nathan Pudlin


Nathan Pudlin earned his Master of Architecture degree from Roger Williams University and received the Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation Graduate Thesis Design Commendation.  He also holds minors in Art and Architectural History and Construction Management. Mr. Pudlin has worked professionally on a wide range of projects for residential, commercial, institutional and non-profit clients throughout Connecticut and southern New England.  He especially enjoys projects that focused on the adaptive reuse of historically significant buildings. 

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