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20 INSIGHTS


Assembledge+ PRACTICE PROFILE


Already having wide-ranging expertise, Hollywood, USA-based practice Assembledge+ saw its urban planning capabilities greatly enhanced when the founder took the unusual step of recruiting his father to join him. Sébastien Reed reports


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fter graduating with a Bachelors and Master’s degree in architecture from Tulane University, New Orleans in 1991, founder and principal of Assembledge+ David Thompson spent his first years as a graduate focusing on furniture design. Interested in the reduced scale of design, he used the craft to continue developing his skills as a young architect until 1997, when Assembledge+ was born.


After a number of small architectural commissions, a furniture line and a short stint working in New York City, David decided to refocus. “I decided to return Assembledge+ back to my roots in Los Angeles,” he says, “to help transform the city where I grew up and that I love so dearly.” “The name Assembledge+ was born out of the genuine belief in the art of collaboration,” says David, at “a late-night charette with a friend in which we decided that we could no longer continue until we agreed on a name for the firm.”


The budding architect saw it as vital to choose a name that communicated his enthusiasm for putting together the different sequences of design process to produce a precise and considered architectural whole – one that sits firmly on the leading edge of contemporary discourse. The additional ‘+’ symbol provides further nuance, signifying the practice’s holistic approach that strives for “better, more efficient, and innovative ways to construct modern living and working environments.”


In the blood Since its foundation, the practice has grown strategically to its current 14 staff; comprising 12 designers, a marketing and communications specialist, and office manager tasked with the smooth running of the firm’s premises, which is located on LA’s famous Sunset Boulevard.


David credits the neighbourhood and its unique buzz as a core


CACTUS CLUB


One of several restaurants for the Cactus Club chain that Assembledge+ worked on is at Station Square in Vancouver, Canada © Ema Peter


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