Principals

Maryann Thompson

Founder and Principal

Maryann Thompson, FAIA, was educated at Princeton University and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where she received Masters in Architecture and in Landscape Architecture. She brings to her practice an interdisciplinary approach where issues of site and landscape are central to design thinking. Maryann received a 1998 AIA Young Architects Award, which states that “...although Maryann has been in practice for less than a decade, she has made a significant contribution to architecture. Her work reconnects architecture with the landscape and celebrates tectonics, materials and a poetic approach to design."

Maryann is a Professor in Practice of Architecture, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. She has taught design as a visiting faculty member at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Virginia, University of Michigan, and Rice University. 

She founded Maryann Thompson Architects in 2000. Prior to that Maryann was a founding partner of Thompson and Rose Architects. 

Martha Foss

Principal

Martha Foss, AIA, earned an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master in Architecture from the Yale University School of Architecture. She has been with Maryann Thompson Architects for over eleven years.

Martha’s design interests are driven by architecture’s relationship to direct human experience, and the belief that architecture has the potential to serve as a mediator between us and our surroundings—locating us within the world and meaningfully constructing our relationship to it. Architecture is thought of as a system of dynamic interactions and interrelations, through which it has the potential to construct meaning and operate within the realm of the poetic. 

Martha has been an invited reviewer at numerous schools across the country. She has taught design studios at Syracuse University School of Architecture—including its Florence, Italy program—Wentworth Institute of Technology and Northeastern University School of Architecture.