Benjamin C. Thompson

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Benjamin C. Thompson (1918-2002} was an American architect.

Thompson was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from Yale University in 1941. He then spent four years in the United States Navy, fighting in World War II.

Thompson began his career as an architect in 1946 when he convinced Walter Gropius to form The Architect's Collaborative with Thompson and some Yale classmates. In 1953 he founded Design Research, a company that provided interior furnishings and accessories. He also designed the company's first store, notable for its extreme openness and use of glass.

Thompson separated from the Collaborative in 1966, and started his own firm, Benjamin Thompson and Associates.

He is probably best known for a series of collaborations with the developer James W. Rouse, including the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Thompson was married to the urban planner Jane Thompson, with whom he collaborated on many of his major projects.

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