Stan Allen

Field of Practice:


City, Country:

Princeton, United States


2005, 2006, 2007

Stan Allen, AIA, is a registered architect, principal of Stan Allen Architect and Dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University. He established his own practice in 1991. His built work to date includes galleries, workspaces and single-family houses. Parallel to this realized work, he has addressed a variety of large-scale urban contexts through competition work and design research. Field Operations was created in 1999 in partnership with urban designer and landscape architect James Corner to provide innovative, high quality design solutions for large-scale urban sites and public spaces.

His practical work is complemented by a body of theoretical and critical writings that have appeared in ›Assemblage‹, where he was projects editor, as well as in numerous other journals. Exhibitions include one-person installations at Columbia University, the Fenster Gallery in Frankfurt, Germany, and an exhibition of recent works at the Berlage Institute, Amsterdam.

Responding to the complexity of the modern city in creative ways, Stan Allen has developed an extensive catalogue of urban strategies, in particular looking at field theory, landscape architecture and ecology as models to revitalize the practices of urban design. This urban sensitivity is in turn complemented by a series of smaller scale, realized projects that exhibit precision of detailing, formal restraint and spatial invention.

From 1990-2002, he taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he was also the Director of the Advanced Design Program. He was educated at Brown University (BA, 1978), The Cooper Union (B.Arch, 1981), and Princeton University (M.Arch, 1988).