Stan Field has practiced in three countries where his work has been widely acclaimed. He launched his practice in South Africa in the early 70’s – his first project, the Miller House – won the National Award of Merit. Stan had a thriving practice in Johannesburg before moving to Israel, where he was appointed Chief Architect to the City of Jerusalem in 1978, and a partner at Moshe Safdie’s office. Stan opened his own office in Palo Alto, California in 1990, where his work has seen local, national, and international acclaim. Stan’s work is infused with his own infectious optimism and commitment to the ability of architecture to inspire and transform. His projects have included large scale planning projects, master plans, urban and town planning projects, institutional buildings, custom residences and residential developments, design guide-lines, wineries, religious buildings, and most recently, The Ubuntu Centre in South Africa.

In 2006 Stan formed Field Architecture with his son Jess. The work and designs are born of an inter-generational dialogue that is optimistic, deeply caring, and highly motivating and aims to transmit this attitude and vibe to everyone involved in a project from clients, to consultants, and down to the craftspeople working on the job site. They believe that architecture, in its highest capacity spans generations. It is an attitude towards building that must be at once relevant and timeless.

He captured his own approach to architecture in an essay that he wrote for Architecture SA in May/June 2005: The thin horizontal bands of white marble that Louis I Kahn embedded in the Dhaka Assembly Hall are to his architecture as the five lines of music are to the markings of ‘existence’ about which a work or piece is played. And the expression of this gives the work ‘presence’. In the case of music, the written score, the diagram, is the encoded algorithm around which numerous interpretations can be expressed. With Architecture, the composer and the expresser are one and the interpretation belongs to all. In the same way that a musical interpretation can only exist in the ‘now’, so too an architect’s inspiration does not linger in the confines of the conscious mind, to be distilled and sanitized by all that has gone before…inspiration can also only exist in the ‘now’.

Field Architecture’s commissions in the United States, South Africa, Israel and South America have garnered numerous international awards. These include multiple Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards, AIA Awards and the prestigious Fulton Award. World Architecture News recently named Field Architecture one of “the leading lights of architecture in the 21st century.”

Born 15 December 1943
Education 1968: Masters in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; 1967: Bachelor of Architecture, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape
Projects featured House Miller, Sandton, Gauteng (1972); Ubuntu Centre, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape (2007)

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Johannesburg, Gauteng | 1972


Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape | 2007