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Architect Kristi Thompson’s talents recognized by MWA, Inc.

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The award-winning Truckee firm of MWA, Inc. Architecture and Engineering announced Kristi Thompson made partner, joining architects Mike Mason and Kurt Reinkens. “She has been with us since November of 2000 and deserves serious recognition for her outstanding work,” says Reinkens. “We are grateful.”

Thompson’s talent has been recognized by winning the top award in the Tahoe Quarterly’s 4th Annual Mountain Home Awards in 2007 for the Van Berkem residence at Northstar-at-Tahoe. The same home also won the gold award for The Best Homes of the Year in the May 2006 issue of Electronic House. In 2004 she won another Tahoe Quarterly Mountain Home Award for the Foster Residence, and most recently, another of her works received the 2008 Best Large Home Theater Overall in the CEDIA Electronic Lifestyle Awards. The fall 2006 issue of Diablo Magazine featured Thompson’s design of the Ellen and Joffa Dale residence in Orinda for its involvement in the Artful Living Home Tour.

Thompson was born in Berkeley, raised in Moraga, attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she received her bachelor of architecture degree in 1992. She received her architectural registration for California in 1995, her NCARB certificate in 2004, and her license in Nevada in 2005.

In addition to her career, Thompson is active in the community. She volunteers on the Glenshire Design Review Board, is a Queen of Hearts founding member and enjoys volunteering at her children’s schools.

Outside of the office, Thompson spends most of her time with her husband raising their two children. She is learning to play the violin, also loves skiing, golf, curling up with a good book and traveling.

At MWA, Thompson has teamed with architect Kurt Reinkens on many of their 65 home designs built in Lahontan. She is currently working on several homes in the new Martis Camp Community. Thompson has been responsible for several commercial projects such as the three-story office building going up near Truckee Town Hall on Soaring Way, several buildings at The Rock, and the new shopping center near the bottom of Heavenly on Ski Run Boulevard.

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“Her skills are vast. She is very intelligent, organized, and thorough,” said Reinkens. “She is a perfectionist.”

“We are building a powerful team,” adds Mason. “She is a critical part of the balance.”

MWA, Inc. was formerly Mason Miller Woods located on Church Street. Architect Dan Miller left the firm in 1988 to become a Waldorf School teacher. The firm then became Mason Woods and Associates located near the Truckee-Tahoe Airport. Founding partner and engineer Louis “Rocky” Woods left the firm in 1993 to start a new family, and Architect Kurt Reinkens became partner joining founding partner and architect Mike Mason as the firm changed their name to MWA, Inc.

MWA, Inc. is currently an 18-person firm doing architecture, engineering and interior design located at another of their award winning projects known as “The Rock” at 11165 Brockway Road.