Atelier Cho Thompson

Awards + News


Design Milk

Atelier Cho Thompson is featured on Design Milk’s Friday Five. Ming and Christina share their favorite female artists and makers, many of whom are collaborators on ACT’s projects. Click here to read the article.

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The Architecture Lobby

Atelier Cho Thompson and the Architecture Lobby teamed up to host an event titled Defining the Future of Practice: A Primer on Starting a Design Firm. The event aimed to facilitate wide-ranging conversation on the perils and promise of starting a design firm while exposing young architects to business details that aren’t typically shared. Key topics addressed dismantling the licensure process, finding and articulating a mission, insurance, billing, and future growth. Attendees were curious to know if firms need to specialize for success and firm principle Ming Thompson explained the benefits of diversifying design services such as interior design, branding, and design strategy to capture larger market share. The event was a great kick-off to future community-facing gatherings at Atelier Cho Thompson’s new office and storefront in New Haven.

The Architecture Lobby, Inc. is an organization of architectural workers advocating for the value of architecture in the general public and for architectural work within the discipline.


The Path to Leadership in Design

Join the inaugural event for the newly created Women in Architecture group of AIA Connecticut. On Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019, principal Ming Thompson will be taking part in a panel exploring the topic of The Path to Leadership in Design. Panelists will be exploring ideas for architects at all stages to move their careers forward. We'll also be launching a mentorship program to connect younger practitioners with more established mentors.

The Women in Architecture Committee of AIACT seeks to build a more equitable profession that will better represent and serve our society. We celebrate and encourage the success and leadership of women in architecture through educational outreach and mentoring, professional development, and community engagement.

Event registration here.


Visionary Award

Atelier Cho Thompson is proud to announce that they have been awarded the second annual Visionary Award from the IIDA Foundation Anna Hernandez/Luna Textiles Award. This award recognizes a visionary female business owner whose firm specializes in interior design or product design. The fund was established to honor the memory of Anna Hernandez, the award-winning founder and president of Luna Textiles, a visionary and leader in the textiles field.

Check out the press release here: Visionary Award, IIDA Foundation Anna Hernandez Luna Textiles Award


IIDA NorCal Honor Award

Our project for the office of Goodwater Capital in Burlingame, California was awarded a IIDA Northern California Honor Award for Small Workplace Design. Learn more about the project here.


Arch Daily

In this November 2018 article on Arch Daily, principal Ming Thompson discusses the unique opportunities and challenges for the rising generation of architects. Click here for 10 Years Post Recession, A Resilient Generation Makes Practice Work for Them.


SF Public Competition

Atelier Cho Thompson took part in an invitation-only competition to reimagine the public toilets of San Francisco. Serving thousands of residents and visitors each day, these public amenities are integral to San Francisco’s streetscape and perform a crucial function for the public. Visit this link for more information on the competition: San Francisco City & County JCDecaux Public Toilets and Kiosks Design Competition


AIA Citizen Design

Atelier Cho Thompson’s work on the Community Prototype for the Market Street Prototyping Festival was featured in an exhibition entitled “Citizen Design” at the AIA National Convention in 2017. The Prototype, entitled “Swallowtail,” is a pavilion designed by and for the people of the Central Market neighborhood of San Francisco, offering a serene community space in the city.


CA Home & Design

ACT’s design for the Los Altos Hill Residence won the California Home and Design Award for Best Bathroom Design in 2017. Learn more about the project here.

“Bay Area design firm Atelier Cho Thompson received a dream design project when tasked with renovating the master bathroom for a couple who have lived in both Japan and Korea, two countries known for taking bathing very seriously…”


Architect Magazine EQxD

Atelier Cho Thompson’s infographics for the bi-annual AIASF Equity by Design Survey were featured in numerous publications, including this article from Architect Magazine in November 2018: AIASF Equity by Design Releases 2018 Survey. Learn more about the project here.


Architect Magazine Holiday

Atelier Cho Thompson was featured in Architect Magazine’s annual holiday guide in Winter 2017. Click here to see all our recommendations in the 2017 Gift Guide: The Architect’s Wish List.


Architect Magazine Next Progressives

Christina and Ming, principals of ACT, are featured in the April 2017 issue of Architect Magazine as the featured Next Progressives.


AIA Practice Innovation Lab

Ming Thompson, principal of Atelier Cho Thompson, was among young industry leaders invited to the AIA Practice Innovation Lab in Washington, DC. Click here for more details: “Practice Innovation Lab Tackles the Future of Architecture.”


NY Magazine

Ming is a frequent contributor to New York Magazine’s “The Strategist,” offering advice on design. See some guides to design objects for kids, gifts for little foodies, and interior design for Millennials.


Lectures and Panels

Cuyana x Angeles Ortiz: SF Design Week Women in Design Panel, June 2019

“Path to Leadership in Design” Panel, AIA Connecticut, May 2019

“Designing the Future of Practice” Lecture, The Architecture Lobby, May 2019

"Resilient Practice" Panel, Architecture & the City San Francisco, September 2018

"Building a Design Firm" Lecture, CCA Connects, San Francisco CA, March 2017

"Architecture and Implicit Bias" Panel, AIA San Francisco, San Francisco CA, February 2017

"The Work-Life Equation" Panel, Equity by Design Conference, San Francisco CA, October 2016

"The Power of Socially Engaged Design," Open Engagement Conference, Oakland CA, May 2016

"Expanding Influence by way of Multidisciplinary Practice" October 2014

"Integrated Design Practice" Panel, Equity by Design Conference, San Francisco CA, April 2014

"Brand Architect: How to Market Yourself at Any Stage of Your Career" Panel, AIA San Francisco, San Francisco CA, 2013



Selection Committee for SF Living: Home Tours, Presented by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design, 2018

IIDA Student Design Charette, November 2018.

Jury for IMPACT Awards, California College of the Arts, 2017

Studio Juries: Yale University; University of California, Berkeley; Columbia University; California College of the Arts; Parsons School of Design