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Arthur Thompson

Founder, Senior Architect

Arthur has been with SMRT since 1982 and has been an architect since 1962.

As an undergraduate psychology major at Harvard, Arthur assisted with a therapy group in the Concord facility of the Massachusetts prison system. There, he became interested in the impact of the traditional correctional environment on inmate and officer behavior.

Arthur’s education continued with an architectural degree at Columbia. His career has focused on building designs that positively impact behavior and that incorporate contemporary principles of justice design.

He applies those principles to his work across a broad spectrum of project types and sizes, and frequently shares his expertise as an instructor at the National Institute of Corrections.

In addition to his work, Arthur loves photography, fishing, gardening, music and art.


Columbia University, Masters of Architecture; Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology


American Jail Association, American Correctional Association, AIA, Academy of Architecture for Justice, National Institute on Corrections,


Registered Architect