Boyce Thompson is the author of three books on residential design and construction. His first book, The New New Home, published by The Taunton Press, was named book of the year by the National Association of Real Estate Editors. Anatomy of a Great Home (Schiffer Publishing 2018) features the work of three dozen of the country’s leading architects. The book identifies the common elements of great residential architecture, breaking them down into terms anyone can appreciate. Designing for Disaster, to be published by Schiffer in 2019, identifies best practices for resilient home design.
For 17 years, Thompson served as the editorial director of Builder magazine, published by Hanley-Wood. Builder was named the best business publication in America in 2010 by the Association of Business Publication Editors. Thompson is the founding editor of six magazines, including Residential Architect, Big Builder, Digital Home, and ProSales. His work has appeared in publications as diverse as Fine Homebuilding, The Washington Post, Farm Journal, Governing, Inc., and Practical Homeowner.
In 2008, Thompson was given the Crain Award by American Business Media for lifetime achievement in business media. In 2010, he was inducted into the Editorial Hall of Fame by min magazine, a magazine for publication professionals. Thompson holds a BA in English from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
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