Ann Thompson, AIA, is Senior Vice President of Architecture and Design of Related Midwest, leading the design and planning of projects across the company’s portfolio of mixed-use, mixed-income, affordable and luxury developments, as well as all engineering, zoning and entitlement efforts. Thompson has spent 24 years with the company, overseeing the design of more than 2,700 residences, with another 1500 in the pipeline.
Thompson directs the work of architecture, urban planning, and engineering firms to oversee the design vision for Related Midwest’s transformative projects in Chicago, such as the reimagination of the historic Lathrop community along the Chicago River on the city’s north side; One Bennett Park, the first Robert A.M. Stern-designed residential tower in Chicago; and The 78: a 62-acre downtown development at the southwest corner of Clark Street and Roosevelt Road. One of the largest real estate projects in Chicago history. The 78 will be a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood that serves as a model for socially responsible development, with 12 acres of publicly accessible green and open space, including a half-mile of pedestrian-friendly riverfront, and a commitment to workforce development that prioritizes lead roles in construction and permanent operations for local women- and minority-owned businesses.
Thompson is a licensed architect in Illinois and sits on the boards for the Chicago Architecture Center and the Lycee Francais de Chicago. In addition, Thompson is a member of the Women’s Board of the Alliance Francais, the International Women’s Forum and the American Institute of Architects. She was recently recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of 2020’s notable women in design and construction for her role in mentoring and creating opportunities for women and minorities. Thompson received her Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.