Career Began
Contributions to Structural Engineering History in Northern California

Isadore Thompson received his B.S. in Civil Engineering (1931) from and post graduate work at the California Institute of Technology.  Prior to establishing his own practice in 1944 he apprenticed with various San Francisco consulting engineers, was an Associate Structural Engineer for the State of California, and was Chief Design Engineer for Pacific Bridge Company.   He was an early pioneer in the Bay Area in the design and construction of pre-cast concrete frames, shells, and barrel vaults.  Many of those projects utilizing this methodology and technique are listed below.  He presented a paper on this subject at a Symposium organized by the International Association for Space and Spatial Structures (IASS), Haifa, Israel, 1973.  Besides these types of projects his principal works consisted mainly of cast-in-place reinforced concrete construction, again, a few are listed below.  He also lectured in structural engineering at Stanford University.

Awards & Accomplishments
  • American Institute of Architects Awards for: Environmental Design Building (Wurster Hall), Univeristy of California, Berkeley; Undergraduate Library, UCSC;
  • American Institute of Architects Award for U.S. Navy Postgraduate School, Monterey
Related Engineer(s)
  • Ruth Gordon Schnapp
  • Ephraim Gordon Hirsch
  • Constantine Chekene
  • Rudolf Fehr
  • John Rutherford
  • Victor Bar-Din
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Related Structure(s)
  • ILWU Meeting and Hiring Hall, San Francisco, 1955
  • Wurster Hall, University of California, 1964
  • Lemoore Naval Air Station
  • Oakland Airport
  • Westmore High School
  • Berkeley Art Museum
  • Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley
  • Maimonides Helath Center, San Francisco
  • Residence & Dining Halls, University of California
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