Field Architecture (fA) is an internationally recognized father and son team, the recent winner of multiple Progressive Architecture (PA) Awards. Founded by Stan Field and son, Jess Field, based on Stan’s 40 years of practice, fA is a multi-generational firm dedicated to deepening the connection between people and the places they love. Stan and Jess draw inspiration from the unique qualities and character of each site, to create architecture that is congruous with the landscape, and buildings that are beautiful, practical, and provide lasting places of interchange between the made and the natural.
Jess and Stan formed Field Architecture in 2006, since receiving numerous awards, including multiple Progressive Architecture Awards, recognizing their co-designed projects, the Karoo Wilderness Center, and the Ubuntu Center, South Africa, and Bodega Bauer Winery in Argentina.
fA’s approach is imaginative and rigorous, and draws on the marriage of the art and science of architecture – both creative and technical – to impart a sense of wonder in their designs.
Stan FieldSAIA, RIBA, Int’l Assoc.AIA
Stan was born in South Africa and received his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Cape Town in 1967. He received his Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia in 1968, studying under Louis I. Kahn. He has practiced in three countries where his work has been widely acclaimed.
Stan was appointed Chief Architect to the City of Jerusalem in 1978, was a partner in Moshe Safdie Associates and later opened his own practice in Jerusalem. In 1990, following his appointment as visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Stan relocated his residence and office to Palo Alto, California. 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 health and community center in South Africa.
Stan has a remarkable story of success in garnering approvals and bringing together disparate interest groups, including projects on highly contested, environmentally sensitive sites where he has brought about unanimous consensus between environmental groups, developers, and governing bodies including the California Coastal Commission. His work is infused with his own infectious optimism and commitment to the ability of architecture to inspire and transform. Stan’s projects have been published extensively and have received national and international recognition.
Jess FieldAIA, LEED AP
Jess was born in Johannesburg, where his father, Stan, introduced him to architecture at a young age. Stan would sit Jess on top of large-scale plans on the dining table, where they would pour over drawings together. Stan’s stories of hut construction in Swaziland, and Lou Kahn’s teachings at Penn formed Jess’ first impressions of architecture. Sketching from an early age, Jess developed a fluency in drawing and draftsmanship, later to be complemented by an equal level of skill and artistry with digital tools.
Jess received his Masters of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2006, where he graduated with honors, and won the Eisner Prize for the highest creative achievement. He worked in San Diego with Teddy Cruz, who visited an exhibition of Jess’ drawings, and was taken with the work. As project designer in Teddy’s office, he won a Progressive Architecture (P/A) award in 2003, the first of three more P/A awards that he would receive under his own practice. Jess worked with Tom Wiscombe in Los Angeles and Vienna on numerous projects including the award winning Seoul International Performing Arts Center in 2005. Jess has lectured at Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and is a frequent visiting critic for student reviews and seminars.
Jess’ approach to construction and design solutions are both artistic and practical, aiming to celebrate the natural opportunities offered by each site, together with clients’ specific needs. His designs have been characterized by rigorous attention to detail, sensuous expression of materials and craftsmanship, and a seamless integration of indoors and outdoors.
“In its most fundamental form, I see architecture as a process of discovery – as a means for solving problems in a beautiful, natural way.”
Phil has been in the building design profession for 55 years, licensed as an Architect for 48 years, with approximately 35 of those as a principal. He’s worked extensively in California, and also in New York, Michigan and Connecticut.
Phil has participated as a Principal or in the capacity of a Project Architect in residential addition/alteration projects, custom homes, development homes, planned communities, healthcare facilities, office planning and interiors, places of worship, schools, industrial / research & development / warehouse projects, golf clubhouses, restaurants, high-rise office buildings, Ghirardelli Square, shopping centers, several retails stores, and a 50 square-foot playhouse for his granddaughter.
Andy LinLEED AP
Andy was born in Taipei, Taiwan and lived in Sydney, Australia before settling down in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from University of California Berkeley in 2005. Andy graduated with high honors and was the winner of the Camille J. Ehrenfels Scholarship.
Andy has participated in numerous Progressive Architecture Award winning projects, including the Bodega Bauer Winery, Karoo Wilderness Center and the Ubuntu Center. Andy has extensive knowledge and experience in 3d Rendering and modeling, and has worked on many of field Architecture’s iconic images. With a wide ranging interest in all things design, Andy also holds multiple design patents in the field of Industrial Design.