Neal Thompson, AIA
Neal Thompson, AIA
Senior Associate/Project Manager
As Senior Associate, Neal collaborates on People Strategies for Aria Group. As Project Manager, he is responsible for the overall progress of his projects from early design stages through construction, managing internal staff and working with clients, designers, consultants and contractors to address code requirements and budget constraints while maintaining design intent. Neal’s favorite part of the development of a project is the construction details. He enjoys figuring out how to assemble a building which addresses the design intent of the project but still efficiently addresses construction concerns, code issues and is weather-resistant. Prior to working at Aria Group, he worked part-time for CCJM Engineers in Chicago, IL. He became a Licensed Architect in the State of Illinois in December 2011.
Neal has completed projects across the country for a number of multi-unit and independent clients including: Topgolf, Shake Shack, Fieldings, Tap In Pub & Carvery, Firehouse Restaurant Chicago, McCormick & Schmick’s, and Tavern at the Park in Chicago. IL.
Neal started at Aria group in 2002. He was promoted to Project Coordinator in 2006 and to Project Manager in 2011. He was promoted to Associate in 2018 and Senior Associate in 2023.
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