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James Thompson, AIA, LEED AP


James Thompson’s background includes work with a variety of public agencies, as both a government representative and a private-sector architect. At QEA, James has been highly active in the firm’s sustainable practices, including state-of-the-art “green” construction practices and systems, energy efficiency, healthy building and ergonomic design. Among his personal interests, James helps maintain a local hiking trail, and also has a passion for making beer.

“Naturally, I like most of my projects,” he notes. “But one I find myself talking about most often is our reconstruction of George Washington’s Distillery at Mount Vernon — a remarkable mix of architectural history, technology, and well, whisky. Another is the School of International Service at American University, a new building with some very innovative design features.”


Joined QEA in 1998


  • University of Oregon, Master of Architecture, 1997, Environmentally Sensitive Design and Vernacular Building;
  • University of Minnesota, B.A. in Architecture, 1995, Historic Preservation

I think our firm excels at helping clients realize their goals with an aesthetic expression that suits them more than the architect’s creative needs.