The Field Philosophy

Each project begins with a reading of the land, the beginning of a process that we call GROUNDSCAPE. Our work is deeply embedded in every parcel, in restoring a reading of the land to what it wants to be. We see architecture as part of a conversation with nature that allows humans to return to being “a part” of nature, as opposed to “apart” from it.

Father-and-son team Stan and Jess Field begin with the land, a conversation, and a thousand sketches. Our interest in place-making spans generations and countries. Stan was taught by Louis Kahn; Jess grew up drawing under Stan’s South African drafting table. Our exchanges are constant, considered, optimistic, rigorous, sensitive, and full of wonder: the exact qualities with which we infuse Field Architecture’s work.

Architecture sits at the intersection of art and science. Our approach is one that weaves creative and technical perspectives. We explore the unique radiance of each material, and the way in which all materials work synergistically. We track the origins of every building material, from where it was first formed to how it’s been quarried, milled, polished, made perfect. We are dedicated to using materials in a way that celebrates their original qualities. For us, they are not additive processes; they are the essential building blocks of architecture.

Sustainability & Place

Field Architecture begins the building design by situating the building in its specific terrain, creating the set that will allow the architecture to respond to the particularities of its climate, topography, soil, hydrology, and flora. The firm approaches architecture as the form through which to experience this exquisite combination of elements that make a place unique. A sensitive, sustainable venture is based on balance, and therefore each FIELD design is specific to its context, site, culture, and habitat and begins with passive systems, such as the building’s siting; massing; penetrations; and skin, to reduce footprint of the building through design.


Craft & Technology

Field Architecture looks at Technology and Craft as the appropriate tools for a practice that seeks to marry Science and Art in Architecture.  Within the practice, Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a primary design tool from which the studio team creates, communicates, and incorporates the work of contractors and consultants.  This method allows investigation of the materials and connections required to build a project.  Always seeking a rigorous, optimistic dialog, the firm finds that BIM contributes to the project team’s better understanding of how the project will come together.