The Field Philosophy

Every architectural project represents an opportunity for the clients and the project team to embark on a deepening engagement with a place, a site, a landscape, and a habitat.

The exchange of ideas through dialogue and continual sketching is led by Stan and Jess Field who, as a father-son team, have an interest in place-making that spans generations.  Their own exchanges are infused with optimism, rigor, sensitivity and wonder. Qualities they strive to infuse into every project.

At the intersection of Art and Science, architecture represents a unique opportunity to investigate a project from a creative and technical perspective; for Field, the team consistently strives to an inspired vision which is exceptionally executed.  At the core of Field’s philosophy is the belief that we are ‘a part’ of nature and not ‘apart’ from it.  This demands that each project begin with a reading of the land, a “Groundscape,” as Stan and Jess call it. From there, the design can respond to the topography, ecology, and culture which make each place unique.

The implements of building are materials, and similar to the approach to the land, the firm seeks to discover the unique radiance of a material and its inherent synergy with other materials.  Tracking the origin of materials, the way in which they were formed, quarried or milled, each FIELD project assembles materials in a way that evokes the origins but also reconstitutes the qualities of the original material in a relationship akin to pairing wine with food.

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.