Dennis Thompson is the founder and president of Thompson Naylor Architects. A native of Southern California, he studied architecture and planning at Princeton University and UC Berkeley. Dennis has lived in Santa Barbara since 1974 and has served on the Board of Directors of the Community Environmental Council and The Sustainability Project. He was a member of the Santa Barbara County Board of Architectural Review and was founding president of the Green Building Alliance. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and is an active volunteer with the Mesa Architects. Dennis lives with his wife, Lois, on the Mesa in Santa Barbara, and in his off time he loves hiking and road biking.
In 2017, he was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, an honor based on his many years of advocacy for green building and sustainability.
Marcos was born on a small farm in rural Galicia, Spain.
From an early age he learned how to do things with his own hands and to respect nature.
By the time he was eight years old, he was exploring Spain as a musician, and continued to do so for ten years. When he decided music wasn't his call he dropped music in favor of other media to express his creativity.
He studied architecture in Spain and moved to New York where he worked in high-end residential architecture for almost twenty years with projects in; New York, New Jersey, Aspen, Florida, California and abroad. Many of the projects were published or received architectural awards.
He and his family traded the northeast weather for the California sun in January 2018, where creativity has been overflowing since he arrived.
When possible, he visits Spain or travels elsewhere as a photographer and tour guide with Better World Tours, his wife's new travel company.
In his free time, he enjoys life, biking, photography, traveling, woodcarving and leather-working.
Steve received his B. Arch. degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he focused his studies on sustainable design. He has been an active member of ‘Build It Green’ since 2006 and is a certified Green Building professional.
For the last twenty years, he has worked with a variety of firm types (Architecture, Design/ Build, Architecture/ Architectural Engineering) doing both residential and commercial projects. He brings and shares his experience on small and large residential projects in Palo Alto, Atherton, Los Gatos, Napa, San Francisco, Pebble Beach and now Santa Barbara.
Steve is a native Californian. In his free time, he enjoys the great outdoors: finding new places to go ocean kayaking, mountain/road bike riding, skiing/ snowboarding, spending time with his family and trying to wear out his dog Molly.