With heavy hearts, the whole Weber Thompson team are deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of our Founder and Friend, Blaine Weber. Blaine had retired from Weber Thompson in March 2022, 35 years after founding the firm and mentoring a generation of its designers.
Blaine co-founded Weber Thompson in 1987 with his lifelong friend Scott Thompson, and a third partner, Jeff Hamlett. Blaine brought his excellent design chops and marketing genius to the firm with a determination to design high rise towers and safeguard the architectural profession from a risk management standpoint. He was appointed by three consecutive Governors to The Washington State Board of Architects, where he served for twelve years, and Chaired the Ethics and Practice Committee of Seattle AIA.
From his first Seattle high rise, Cristalla, to his last, Holland Partners’ The Ayer, Blaine grew Weber Thompson’s high rise team into the award-winning prolific studio it is today. He oversaw the design of over 30 high rises during his career including the iconic Nexus, and the multi award winning Fifteen Twenty One Second Avenue, a tower that Blaine called home for over a decade. He was passionate about higher density living as an important solution to limiting urban sprawl writing articles and contributing to panel discussions throughout his career.
Blaine will be remembered as a leader, marketing guru, mover & shaker, prankster, amateur sailor, designer, mentor and friend. Beyond his legacy as an Architect, Blaine leaves behind a professional community he deeply cared about as well as a large close-knit family that was his pride and joy. He will be missed.