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Thompson Studio Architects, located in San Rafael & The Sea Ranch, is a partnership led by Doug & David Thompson. The partners work closely with our clients, nurturing the design process, exploring new ways to live and work, while creating wonderful buildings. The studio environment establishes a collaborative approach to design. The exploration of a project becomes a journey of discovery from which the building evolves as an expression of the efforts & insights of the whole project team. Thompson Studio Architects believes that buildings are living entities where daily activity, seasonal change, & evolving uses coexist with the values & ideas held by the owner. Thompson Studio Architects aspires to build a legacy of exemplary projects and happy clients. The studio was established in 1987 as an outlet for the creative talents of the partners, brothers Doug & David Thompson. Working together for more than thirty years, the brothers provide design services ranging from custom home design & residential renovations to commercial projects while holding positions with two of San Francisco’s more prestigious architecture firms. Doug spent 9 years as a project architect & designer with William Turnbull Associates, and David was an associate & principal designer with House + House Architects for over 11 years. In 1994 the studio evolved into a full-service business with a more recent focus on custom residential, mixed-use commercial and commercial roll-out. Recently relocating the office from San Francisco to San Rafael & The Sea Ranch, the firm provides a full range of services that include: •Master planning •Feasibility studies •Site analysis •Building design & traditional full architectural services •Interior design, custom furniture, and lighting design •Specialty material & equipment procurement •Close-of-construction coordination •Post construction and user services Thompson Studio Architects finds that successful projects are derived from high-quality design, as well as from the knowledge and integration of the technical aspects of the project. Attending to these aspects of the work begins with the programming stage and is carried through to every detail. From inception, detailed, hands-on management determines the success of the project. Doug & David take on active management roles, utilizing highly refined management and quality control techniques.

Services Provided

3D Rendering, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), Architectural Design, Architectural Drawings, Barn Design & Construction, Bathroom Design, Building Design, Custom Home, Deck Design, Energy-Efficient Homes, Floor Plans, Green Building, Guesthouse Design & Construction, Handicap-Accessible Design, Historic Building Conservation, Home Additions, Home Extensions, Home Remodeling, Home Restoration, House Plans, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Remodeling, Landscape Plans, Multigenerational Homes, New Home Construction, Outdoor Kitchen Design, Passive Solar Heating & Cooling, Pool House Design & Construction, Project Management, Rooftop Deck Installation, Site Preparation, Space Planning, Sustainable Design, Tiny House Construction, Universal Design, Custom Homes, Construction Drawings, Custom Home Design, Property acquisition

Areas Served

Alto, Belvedere, Belvedere Tiburon, Bolinas, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Forest Knolls, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, Larkspur, Lucas Valley-Marinwood, Mill Valley, Muir Beach, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Geronimo, San Quentin, San Rafael, Santa Venetia, Sausalito, Sleepy Hollow, Stinson Beach, Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, Tiburon, Woodacre, The Sea Ranch, San Francisco, Sonoma, Northern California, California, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Gualala, Sebastopol, Glen Ellen, Callistoga, St. Helena, Graton, Bodega Bay, Fulton, Occidental, Napa, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, Pope Valley


• LEED Green Associate • Certified Green Building Professional (CGBP)

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1290 Lincoln Ave.
San Rafael, CA 94901
Typical Job Cost $400,000 - 10 million
Construction project costs range is vast depending on scope, project challenges and finish expectations. In Northern California per-square-foot, new-construction costs range from $600/SF to over $1000/SF. Generally, the project soft costs (fees & permits, design & engineering services) are an additional 15% to 20% on our projects.
License Number C17672