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Stan Field, Architect

455 Lambert Ave, Palo Alto, CA, 94306

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Stan Field’s architectural career took off after winning a coveted scholarship to do a master’s program with renowned architect Louis Kahn at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 1968.

1968/1969 in America were highly charged times and the confluence of several great teachers at the University of Pennsylvania afforded Stan the unique opportunity of crystallizing his architectural philosophy amongst the likes of Louis Kahn in architecture, Robert Le Ricolais, the renowned structural innovator, Ian McHarg, great landscape architect and ecologist, David Crain and Edmond Bacon, urban designers.

On his return to South Africa, he started a dynamic young practice, exploring his ideas through several built works, architectural competitions and his teaching position at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His first building, the Len Miller House, won the South African Institute of Architects’ Award of Merit. Perched on a “koppie” of huge boulders, Stan conceived of a living environment that grew out of that particular place. An organic exposed aggregate concrete form that echoed the spirit of the Transvaal, a powerful juxtaposition of man and nature in a timeless dialogue. He then was appointed by the Sandton Action Committee to create an alternative concept to the Sandton Town Center plan. Many people will remember the excitement that was generated by the “Civic Spine”, an imaginative vision of a town center as a linear development along the Jukskei River of the Northern suburbs. A high point of his architectural expression came with his submission of the Germiston Civic Center competition which was hailed by South Africa’s “Plan” magazine as having been unsurpassed. His office near the University of the Witwatersrand became a dynamic studio forum attracting a strong following of young emerging talent in those eventful years of the 70’s.

At the beginning of the 80’s Stan was drawn to Jerusalem, Israel, where he was appointed Chief Architect to the City. There he completed a highly ambitious project called “The Seam” whose objective was to connect east and west Jerusalem. What an ambition. He built numerous projects, ranging from residential clusters to institutional works, and large scale planning projects including a new town, Modi’in. Stan knew almost every stone in Jerusalem and built works in stone all of which paid homage to the collective whole of this unique city.

In the early 90’s Stan was appointed visiting lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Architecture and immigrated to the U.S.A. together with his wife and three children, one of whom is currently studying his masters in architecture. Stan also began developing his private practice in Palo Alto, California. While teaching at Berkeley and being surrounded by world class academia, Stan’s modernist self began finding new expression. Situated at the heart of Silicon Valley at a time of incredible new discovery in technology, media and communication, he renewed his search for new form and meaning. This gave expression through a series of passionate high profile houses, each of which speaks of the dynamics of site and client interpreted through his lens. The fast growing trend embracing sustainability reawakened Stan’s natural inclination and constant search for ecological congruency. Professor Givoni’s ground-breaking research into passive heating and cooling systems in Israel afforded Stan a head start on the use of natural systems and energy efficiency in building. Whether it’s building on the coast using untreated recycled redwood and zinc as if stitched together by a loving hand or curved steel beams cantilevering beyond the seemingly possible or a seamless cube suspended in suburbia to become the new “home office” of the computer generation, Stan is expressing the times in a uniquely creative way.

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