It is with a heavy heart that Weber Thompson announces the passing of our retired founder, Scott Thompson, who died on December 12th, 2017 after a long fight with cancer.
Scott started Weber Thompson in 1988 with his high school buddy and surfing partner Blaine Weber, and initially with fellow architect Jeff Hamlett, leading the firm’s mid-rise team for two decades. He was known as a compassionate, authentic architect whose mid-rise residential projects were highly respected for their reflection and enhancement of the character of their neighborhoods. Some of his most highly regarded projects include Eden Hill on Queen Anne, The Eastlake Condos near the UW Bridge, The Opal in the Central District and the LEED Platinum certified Sunset Electric on Capitol Hill.
In 2004, Scott branched out into working on commercial buildings, and drove the design and sustainable vision of Weber Thompson’s LEED Gold headquarter building, the internationally-renowned, award winning Terry Thomas. This passively-cooled building, completed in 2008, was a sustainable groundbreaker in Seattle, and Scott gave countless talks and tours detailing the systems of the building and the concepts that drove its design to groups locally and internationally who came to learn from it. Scott’s internal leadership around sustainable design and vertical farming was key in making Weber Thompson the firm it is today.
We remember Scott as a great, low-key mentor, good friend, Neil Young devotee, Kenny Rodgers look alike, and above all as someone who cared deeply about the people at Weber Thompson, and made sure that everyone who worked for him had their contributions and worth acknowledged and celebrated before his own. He will be missed.