Jane (Fiske McCullough) Thompson

General Information

Occupation: Architect

Resident City: Cambridge

Resident State/Province: Massachusetts

Resident Country: United States

Notes: Has lectured on Design at Harvard University, Yale University, the Pratt Institute, Bennington College, and the Illinois Institute of Technology. Late 1960's: Studies Human Perceptual Process in Relation to Learning and to Environmental Experience. Written about the practice, and its concern for designing urban spaces and uses which encourage human interaction and well-being. With Ben Thompson owned the Harvest Restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Owned and was managing director of Landmark Inn complex of three restaurants and wine bar in Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Archive/Repository: IAWA, Special Collection, Newman Library, Ms91-004

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Thompson;http://spec.lib.vt.edu/specgen/msguide/mgtuv.htm


Subject: Geographical Focus

Description: United States, Australia, New Zealand, England, and Ireland

Subject: Mixed use Urban Planning Schemes in City Centers

Subject: Specializing in Merchandising and Retail Planning


Employer: Interiors Magazine

Title: Architectural Editor

Country: United States

Employer: Industrial Design Magazine

Title: Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Country: United States

Start Date: 1950

End Date: 1959

Employer: Graphic Syndicate

Title: Editorial Director

Country: delete

Employer: Thompson Design Group

Title: Principal

City: Boston

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Start Date: 1994

End Date: 2010

Notes: Emphasis on preservation and reuse of obsolete places.

Employer: Museum of Modern Art

Title: Acting Curator in the Department of Architecture

City: New York

State: New York

Country: United States

Employer: Benjamin Thompson Associates, Architects and Planners (BTA)

Title: Vice President and Partner

City: Cambridge

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Start Date: 1967

End Date: 1994

Notes: Programming and planning

Employer: Design Research retail stores

Title: Partner with Ben Thompson

Country: United States

Start Date: 1953

End Date: 1978

Notes: Chain of 12 stores across the United States. DR continues to have an influence on design stores


Name: Walter Gropius

Project: Exploration of the creative educational methods of the original Bauhaus

Organization: Sponsored by Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. Foundation

Country: United Kingdom


No apprenticeships on record


Name: Institute Honors by the American Institute of Architects

Date Received: January 01, 2000

Name: Personal Recognition Award

Description: Industrial Design Society of America

Notes: Lifetime contribution to the field of design

Name: Knight First Class, Order of the Lion of Finland

Description: For their lifelong support of Finnish Design and way of life, the President of Finland recognized Ms. Thompson

Date Received: 2000

Notes: also given to Ben Thompson

Name: Lifetime Achievement Award

Description: from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

Notes: Honor given to "Sir Lady Jane" as she was nicknamed


No exhibitions on record

Notable Projects

Title: Customs House Docks Development

Description: Community, Retail and Public Space Planning

City: Dublin

State: New York

Country: United States

Title: Waterfront Development - Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, and world wide projects

Description: Public Space and Activity Planning

City: Boston

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Start Date: 1967

Notes: Success with Boston waterfront project led to international projects

Title: McWhirters Marketplace

Description: Re-design and Retail Planning

City: Brisbane

Country: Australia

Title: Faneuil Hall Market Place

Description: Revitalization concept, Merchandising and Public Space Planning

City: Boston

State: Massachusetts

Country: United States

Title: InterContinental Hotels, Abu Dhabhi and Al Ain

Description: Thematic Design concepts, Islamic Decorative Arts Programme

Title: Ordway Music Theatre

Description: Urban Site Planning

City: St. Paul

State: Minnesota

Country: United States

Title: Ghiradelli Square

Description: Merchandise Planning

City: San Fransisco

State: California

Country: United States

Title: Pavilion at the Old Post Office

Description: Concept and Retail Planning

City: Washington

State: District of Columbia

Country: United States

Title: Union Station

Description: Revitalization Concept

City: Washington

State: District of Columbia

Country: United States

Title: Fisherman's Harbour

Description: Renovation and Space Use Planning

City: Auckland

Country: New Zealand

Title: Century City Marketplace

Description: Merchandising and tenant selection

City: Los Angeles

State: California

Country: United States

Title: Royal Victoria Docks

Description: Community and Town Center Planning

City: London

Country: United Kingdom

Title: Grand Central Business District

Description: Project Director, Master Plan for the Streetscape and Urban Environment

City: New York

State: New York

Country: United States


Institution: Vassar College

Department: Fine and applied arts

Degree: Bachelor of Architecture

Institution: New York Institute of Fine Arts

Notes: Masters Courses

Institution: Bennington College, Vermont

Notes: Masters Courses


No licenses on record

Professional Affiliations

Organization: Institute of Urban Design

Role: Director

Organization: Board of the International Design Conference in Aspen, Colorado

Role: Board member

Start Date: 1971

End Date: 2002

Notes: also program chairman and speakere

Organization: Kaufman International Design Award

Role: Director

Publications By

Title: "Boston's Faneuil Hall"

Publication: Urban Design International

Title: "World of Double Win: Male and Female Principles of Design"

Publication: The Designer

Title: "the haus of bauhaus reconsidered"

Publication: Progressive Architecture

Title: "Very Significant Chair"

Publication: Harper's Magazine

Title: "In Search of the Real City"

Publication: Space and Society

Title: "Let's Make it Real"

Co-author: Ben Thompson

Publication: Architectural Record

Title: "The World Around Us: Toward an Architecture of Joy and Human Sensibility"

Co-author: Ben Thompson

Publication: Architectural Record

Title: "A New Vision of the City of Man"

Co-author: Ben Thompson

Publication: Architectural Record

Title: "The Craft of Design and the Art of Building" Louis Sullivan Award Address

Co-author: Ben Thompson

Title: Design Research: The Store That Bought Modern Living to American Homes

Co-author: Lange, Alexandra

Publication: Book

Issue: 0811868184

Country: United Kingdom

Date Published: August 18, 2010

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