Thomson & Cooke


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Architecturally accurate, beautifully appointed

Thomson & Cooke Architects is a custom residential architecture firm based in Washington, DC. Founders Neal Thomson and Patrick Cooke share a passion for residential architecture and a history that goes back to their undergraduate days. After following separate paths for their Master’s of Architecture degrees, they found themselves working together at a small residential practice in Georgetown. A decade later, they opened their own firm, collaborating with their clients to create stylish, livable homes.

The office is known for its work in urban and suburban neighborhoods throughout the Washington, DC region as well as waterfront properties along the Chesapeake Bay. Whether building a new house or updating an existing one, the firm balances the simplicity of traditional American residential design with an updated aesthetic and a focus towards classic design principles and current building practices. The goal for each project is to create a comfortable, beautiful home that meets the client’s needs for today and the future.

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Traditional & Modern

Forest Hills Residence

This traditional center hall Colonial welcomes guests with an upgraded front facade and all new interiors, including a new sweeping main stairway. The rear addition opens up with floor to ceiling windows that embrace its location overlooking Rock Creek Park and the new terraced pool, patio, and pool house.

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Light & Contemporary

Potomac River Modern

This new modern home is sited only yards from the Potomac River. Hidden among the trees near the base of Great Falls, the design emphasizes views to the river and natural light and provides a quiet retreat for a young family.

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Spirited & Eclectic

Dupont Circle Home



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light & bright

Town & Garden

The rear façade of this stately colonial was redesigned to emphasize the connection between the interior eating areas and the mature gardens. The renovated kitchen and breakfast area are enclosed with new glass walls while the new pool changing room and mudroom provide a secondary rear entry.

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dramatic & stylish

Colonial Updated

This brick colonial was reinvigorated with a new sunlit kitchen, updated family room, and rear entry. A new bar and dining room entry are located off the kitchen creating a small back hall that leads to a new powder room and side garden.



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Warm & Sophisticated

Spring Valley Renewal

A whole house renovation began with a kitchen expansion and concluded with a new entry and front facade. This modest expansion allowed for a new front entrance and all new brick detailing. The renovated interiors are complemented by warm and sophisticated tones throughout.

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radiant & detailed

Light Filled Kitchen

Thomson & Cooke transformed what was formerly a low, dark, and divided rear section of this house into a light-filled kitchen and back mudroom. To allow for the expansive windows that enliven the room, a central cabinetry hub was designed as a focal point. The sweeping front porch was added later as a transition between the house and adjacent landscape.

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Tradition & Transition

American Four Square

An evergreen walled garden shelters an addition and complete renovation to this historic Cleveland Park house. Refined interiors by Martha Vicas lead through art filled halls to a new kitchen and covered porch. A new stair and twisting carved handrail connect the home’s four floors.


— In the Works —


5155 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington DC 20016
office phone 202.686.6583

For inquiries, please contact Neal Thomson or Patrick Cooke.

We are always looking for talented, creative, and motivated individuals to join our firm. If interested, please send resume to No phone calls please.