Project Description

SEAN THOMPSON, AIA
Principal

Growing up in rural Montana I was not surrounded by great architecture or even any buildings of real consequence. Barns and hay sheds were the vernacular most common in my youth. After high school, however, I embarked upon an adventure induced by my parents insistence that I take a gap year between high school and college. This led to an awakening of design sensibilities and what is possible.

The first building that really captured my attention was the Central Railway Station in Helsinki. Serving as a fantastic metaphor for the people it serves, this structure is at once durable on the exterior, prepared to repel the harsh winters clad in granite and copper, while the interior displays a different side with elegant clean lines and soft materials where the public interacts with the facility. Designed by Eliel Saarinen in 1909, it reflects the desire for clean, rationale lines while still integrating some elements of decoration such as the statues flanking the primary entry.

Over the years my knowledge and tastes have evolved but this building remains one of the first that made an impression upon my young mind.

Montana State University, Master of Architecture

Montana State University, Bachelor of Architecture

Denmark International Studies Architecture Program, Copenhagen, DK

Principal, Elliott Workgroup Architecture, LLC, Park City, UT

Principal, firm406, LLC, Salt Lake City, UT

Principal, VCBO Architecture, Salt Lake City, UT

Senior Associate, VCBO Architecture, Salt Lake City, UT

Architecture: Utah, Idaho, Montana

NCARB Certificate

SJ Quinney College of Law*

  • 2015  Project of the Year – Green Building  | AGC of Utah
  • 2015  Green/Sustainable Most Outstanding Project  |  Utah Construction & Design
  • 2015  Energy Champion  |  Utah Association of Energy Engineers
  • 2016 ENR – Higher Education / Research Award of Merit
  • 2016 AIA MD – Excellence in Design Award

Central Business Parking Garage

  • 2016 American Concrete Institute-Intermountain Chapter – Excellence in Concrete Award
  • 2016 ENR Mountain States – Best Project Award Landscape/Urban Development
  • 2015 Associated General Contractors-Utah – Concrete Structure of the Year

Shoreline Ridge Parking Structure*

  • 2017 Utah Construction & Design – Most Outstanding Concrete Structures Project

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah Mentor 2.0

Wasatch Community Gardens Board Member

Montana State University School of Architecture Advisory Board

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