David Thompson Managing Principal

Urban design; city planning; corporate campuses; resort, office, and medical projects; environmental studies; ecological design; revitalization/brownfield redevelopment.

David is a project designer with a broad range of experience, from detailed site design to complex urban planning. During his 25 years as a designer at SWA, he has worked mostly abroad, particularly in China, Latin America, and Russia. As a result, he has developed what he calls a “flexibility of approach” in solving complex design problems, and has become adept at “exercising the basic tenets of landscape architecture with the subtle complexities of culture and contextual geography.”

Inspired By

Jim Reeves, an early mentor at SWA; Bill Callaway’s leadership; co-worker Chuck McDaniel, “my creative counterpart”; Jared Diamond, “who actually understands the concept of sustainability”; Euell Gibbons’ comprehension of the culture of plants; the simplicity and strength of Richard Serra’s work; the writer Charles Bukowski.


Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University

Design philosophy

Begin projects without preconceived ideas about their solutions. Let the site, the client and the users speak through you. Use your skill as a ‘form giver’ to help create truly exceptional places. Think beyond the obvious and create something memorable.


Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects


2005 ASLA Texas Chapter Award of Excellence, Design Constructed: Tunica RiverPark, Tunica, Mississippi.

2005 ASLA Texas Chapter Award of Excellence, Design Unrealized: South Ren-Min Boulevard, Urban Streetscape, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China.

2003 ASLA National Excellence in Design Award: Westlake Corporate Campus, Westlake, Texas.

2003 ULI Finalist for the Award for Excellence: Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Cabo San Lucas, San Jose Del Cabo, Baja, Mexico.

2001 ASLA Texas Chapter Honor Award, Commercial Built: International Center, Dallas, Texas.

2000 ASLA Texas Chapter Honor Award: Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, Texas
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