STEPHEN THOMSON, AIA, LEED AP

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Position: CHAIRMAN

About me: Stephen Thomson is dedicated to raising the quality of facility planning, design, construction and operations through the design integration of sustainable building systems using coordinated project delivery methods. He implements creative design and lean management methods that facilitate the achievement of project objectives by consensus; methods that achieve efficiency in decision-making and facility qualities of aesthetic appropriateness, environmental fitness and economic conservancy.
He has a broad range of professional experience that includes programming, design, materials and methods research, project and construction management and community leadership on many types and sizes of projects. Prior to founding SOMA, his experience has been acquired in his former practices Co4architecture PC and Thomson Architects PC and at the New York City offices of Abraham W Geller & Associates (1982-88), New York State Dormitory Authority (1980-82), and Steven Winter Associates (1978-80).
He has completed numerous successful projects over the years with a solid record of repeat clients for city and state agencies, such as with NYC's Department of Design and Construction, City University of New York, NYC School Construction Authority, NYS Dormitory Authority, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center Theater, Metropolitan Opera Association, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Public Library and NYC District Attorney Office.
He is also co-founder of the NYCBIM, a NIBS buildingSMARTalliance interest group with 600+ members representing all stakeholders in the facility life-cycle who network for the purpose of promoting BIM technology. He is also the co-founder of BIMplex, a non-profit organization that builds and supports customized relationships between academia and industry leaders to promote change and innovation in the facility industry. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Standard Practice Sub-Committee for the National Building Information Modeling Standards -NBIMS 2013 revisions.
He has been an active member of the community working with artists, senior citizen organizations, historical societies, art associations and urban design committees. He was a member and committee co-chair on Manhattan's Upper West Side Community Planning Board #7, and currently is a member of the buildingSMARTalliance of the National Institute of Building Sciences. He currently is an active member of the Town of Fishkill Planning Board.
He has been a lecturer in architecture at SUNY Buffalo, guest critic at Columbia University and Pratt Institute. As a visiting instructor at Pratt Institute he lectured on environmental issues and integrative design methods of building systems technologies.

Stephen is a licensed and registered architect in the states of New York and California and also LEED certified.