November 6, 2016

Atelier Cho Thompson is a Featured Firm on the Neue Guild, a new online platform that makes it easier for designers from all disciplines to find collaborators and collaborative opportunities, and to expand their professional reach in new and different ways. 


October 29, 2016

Ming Thompson, principal of Atelier Cho Thompson, is included as a thought leader in the 2016 Equity by Design Conference in San Francisco, and will be speaking on the role that Work-Life Integration plays in building an equitable profession.

AIA San Francisco proudly presents its fourth Symposium, Equity by Design: Metrics, Meaning & Matrices on October 29, 2016 at the San Francisco Art Institute. The conversation that began as an exploration of the “missing 32%” and the lack of women leaders in architecture has become an international movement with a much broader depth. Equity by Design is focused on achieving equitable practice in architecture in order to retain talent, advance the profession, and engage the public in understanding architecture’s true value and impact. This year’s symposium theme “Equity by Design: Metrics, Meaning, and Matrices” builds upon the last five years of advocacy and sets an exciting path for our next chapter.



June 1, 2016

Atelier Cho Thompson is honored to have been selected to design the Community Prototype for this year’s Market Street Prototyping Festival in San Francisco. Working closely with a Think Tank of community groups, we have designed a pavilion to serve the neighborhood of Central Market.

Through four Idea Labs held this spring, which included discussions and a walking tour, the Think Tank provided valuable, street-level knowledge about the social ecosystem of Central Market. Their comments about existing conditions, challenges, and opportunities on the sidewalks of the Central Market District are based on their intimate knowledge of the area’s physical, social and cultural landscape. Their discussions on this topic helped shape their own idea for a community based prototype entitled “Swallowtail.”

The concept behind the Swallowtail is inspired by Western tiger swallowtail habit found along Market Street, which coexists within the hustle and bustle of Market Street. New developments on along Market Street now makes an extensive effort to preserve this habitat. This prototype is an allegory for how any future progress or development must similarly honor and respect the people and organizations of Central Market. The prototype’s design will incorporate elements such as wayfinding and storytelling.

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May 1, 2016

Atelier Cho Thompson will be featured in a panel on The Power of Socially Engaged Design in Open Engagement 2016, an international conference and platform to support socially engaged art. The conference highlights the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations. 


May 18, 2015

Ming Thompson of Atelier Cho Thompson is featured on the blog of innovative fashion company Kit as a Kickass Business Woman answering questions on entrepreneurship, leadership, and being a #bosslady.


May 18, 2015

Atelier Cho Thompson's infographics for Equity by Design were featured in an article in Architect Magazine. The images were created to describe and analyze the results of groundbreaking survey on gender in architecture by the Missing 32% Project, an initiative of the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

See the article here.


April 22, 2015

Atelier Cho Thompson is featured as a case study on entrepreneurship in this month's Connection, the magazine of the AIA Young Architects Form. See the interview here on page 60.

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December 23, 2014

As part of our design process for new venture capital firm Goodwater Capital, Atelier Cho Thompson was commissioned to design infographics to illustrate original research findings. Goodwater's mission includes an effort to provide innovative business information to the public, and these infographics clearly and concisely communicate core ideas across social media platforms. A recent report on consumer internet companies was featured on Tech Crunch here.


August 25, 2014

Christina Cho Yoo will be speaking at this year's Equity By Design Conference in San Francisco on Saturday, October 14.  She'll be featured as a panelist in Architecture and... (Expanding Influence by way of Multidisciplinary Practice)

Information on the Panel: Developing a diverse practice that straddles several related fields can be good idea from both a business and creative standpoint. How can a multidisciplinary practice broaden our creative thinking when times are good and help protect against a volatile building market when times are bad? What does the Architecture firm look like 20 years from now and what are potentially the evolution of services that we can provide that reinforces the Value of Design? What kinds of divergent/convergent work make sense for architecture firms to take on that will increase resiliency and relevance into the future?

More information on the conference available here.


April 17, 2014

Ming Thompson shared thoughts on starting up an integrated design practice at the Missing 32 Percent monthly meeting at AIA SF in a live interview with Rosa Sheng.


November 23, 2013

Our project for a create a mobile, outdoor seating system for New York City’s parks was selected as one of the Top 50 Designs in The Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition

Project Information: PORTABLE PARK is a reconfigurable furniture cube that will engage visitors in the shaping of the urban landscape of Battery Park. Through innovative materials, saturated colors, and playful forms, Portable Park invites participation and interaction by residents and visitors. Portable Park acts as a three-dimensional puzzle-like set at the scale of the human body, as it can be configured into a myriad of shapes to support the incredible range of activities happening in and around the Green. The iconic furniture can act as a seat on which to rest and meditate on the history surrounding you, a stool to sit and read, a bench where you can put your feet up after a long bike ride along the waterfront, a counter to lean on while you listen to the music from concerts at Castle Clinton, and a table around which to gather and eat with friends. 

The outdoor furniture set is constructed of fiberglass and soy-based eco-resin, a composite material that is lightweight, weatherproof, and durable. We have sought advice from fabricators and carried out sample material tests in order to explore this production method. Each piece is easily moved and reconfigured by a single person, but strong enough to support significant weight and durable enough to last many years. This unique method of production, an asymmetrical wrapping around a reusable form, yields both a structurally robust geometry and an iconic form that will become a recognizable symbol of the new Battery Green.

Each set of thirteen pieces packs efficiently into a 3’-8” cube that can easily be stored and transported for use across the varied landscape of Battery Park. Each cube is made up of 7 distinct shapes which are designed to relate to the dimensions of the human body. The modular measurements correspond to a variety of scenarios, including an adult seat (1’-4”), a child seat (1’-0”), and a day bed or standing counter (3’-8”). The elements are designed to work as separate elements, as in the case of a set of small cubes gathered for a lecture, or in combination, as in an L-shape resting on a cube to act as a table and allow feet to slide underneath.

The new Battery Green will become a vibrant gathering place and the epicenter of the bustling culture of New York’s downtown. Designed to suit the vibrancy and vitality of the Green, Portable Park will be an innovative and delightful addition to this public space. Portable Park proposes a distinct new vision for the way urban green spaces are utilized and perceived, allowing users to shape and punctuate the space they occupy. Battery Park hosts six million visitors a year, and its incredible array of programs demands a seating solution that is flexible and responsive. Portable Park adds vibrant sculptural elements to the Park, all the while responding to the needs of the public, offering a place to sit, recline, eat, contemplate, and gather, while experiencing the wonder and exhilaration of Battery Park.