Fred Thompson has made extensive study of the relationship between ritual and space, particularly in Japanese culture. He has further studied the relation of these issues in Japanese culture and Western notions of space. In addition to numerous articles on this subject, he also has published the work Ritual and Space (1988) and a pivotal thesis ‘A Comparison between Japanese Exterior Space and Western Commonplace’ (1988). Thompson has been a visiting professor at various schools of architecture, including: Helsinki University of Technology, Finland; Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, New York, USA; the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, and the Danish Academy of Fine Arts. He worked in the office of Kiyonori Kikutake from 1961 to 1964 and in the office of Prof. Aarno Ruusuvuori from 1965 to 1968.