Stan Allen holds degrees from Brown University, The Cooper Union and Princeton. In 1991, after working for Richard Meier in New York and Rafael Moneo in Madrid, he established an independent architectural practice. Since that time he has pursued parallel careers as architect, educator and writer. He has taught at Harvard, Columbia and Princeton, and from 2002 – 2012 served as Dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton.

After stepping down from the Princeton Deanship he relocated to a new studio in the Hudson River Valley. Current design work is focused on projects for artist clients and a more direct engagement with the natural landscape. This means a smaller office, and a more hand’s on way of working: both in the studio and on site. This recent work builds on his longstanding engagement with landscape and ecology; it offers an alternative way of understanding the relationship between architecture and landscape, now through the lens of the American vernacular and a sense of local history.


– “Make New History” Chicago Biennial

– “The Architectural Imagination” United States Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

– National Gold Award for Architecture in 2012 in Taiwan (Taichung Infobox)
– FIABCI-Taiwan Excellence Award (Taichung Infobox)

– P/A Award for Taichung Info Box
– AIA Award (New York City Chapter) for Taiching InfoBox
– AIA Award (New York State) for Taiching InfoBox
– AIA Award (Tri-State Region) for Taiching InfoBox

– AIA Award for Salim Publishing House, Paju Book City, Korea

– AIA Award for CCV Chapel
– Academy Award in Architecture, American Academy of Arts and Letters
– John Q. Hejduk Award, Cooper Union Alumni Association
– P/A Award for Taipei Waterfront

— Faith and Form Award for CCV Chapel

– President’s Citation for Exceptional Contributions to Architecture
– The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY

– Emerging Voices, Architectural League of New York

– Winner, Young Architect’s Forum, The Architectural League of New York

– Second Prize, A+U/Shinkenchiku Design Competition

– Honorable Mention, Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition


Situated Objects
Buildings and projects by Stan Allen; texts by Stan Allen, Helen Thomas and Jesús Vassallo, (Zurich, Park Books), 2020

Stan Allen: Four Projects
Benjamin Wilke, Editor, Sourcebooks in Architecture, (San Francisco, Knowlton School of Architecture and ORO Publishers) 2017

Landform Building: Architecture’s New Terrain
Co-Edited with Marc McQuade; Lars Müller in 2011

Landform Building was reviewed in: The Architect’s Newspaper (New York), Arquine (Mexico City) Revista Aquitectos CSCAC, Madrid), Arquitectura Via (Madrid) Detail (Munich), German Architects (Stuttgart), RAIS (Scotland), Surface (New York), among others. Landform Building was a Finalist at the 2012 FILAF (International Art Book and Film Festival), Perpignan, France and a winner of Design Observer’s”50 Books/50 covers” in 2012; selected as one of eight best design books by Architect Magazine, 2013

Field Conditions Revisited
Exhibition Catalog, texts by Jeffery Kipnis and Sanford Kwinter.EisBox Projects, Brooklyn, 2010

– Practice: Architecture, Techniques and Representation
Collected Essays by Stan Allen. G+B Arts International: “Critical Voices” Series, 2000. Revised and expanded Second Edition published by Routledge, 2008

Stan Allen Architect: Points + Lines
Projects and Built Works by Stan Allen 1990-1997. Introduction by K. Michael Hays; postscript by R.E. Somol. Princeton Architectural Press, 1999; Second Printing, 2004; Third Printing 2012

Colossal Urbanism: Projects for New York and Tokyo
Selected Studio Projects: Stan Allen, Studio Critic, 1993-95. Columbia Books on Architecture: “Studio Works” series, New York, 1997

As Series Editor:

The SANAA Studios – Learning from Japan: Single Story Urbanism
Edited by Florian Idenburg; Lars Müller, 2008

Luis M. Mansilla + Emilio Tuñón – From Rules to Constraints
Edited by Giancarlo Valle. With contributions by Stan Allen, Enrique Walker, Sarah Whiting and Augustin Perez Rubio, photographs by Dean Kaufmann, Luis Asín, and Luis Baylón

David Adjaye – Authoring: Re-placing Art and Architecture
Edited by Marc McQuade. With contributions by David Adjaye, Stan Allen, Alex Coles, Teresita Fernández, Dave Hickey, Sanford Kwinter, Jorge Pardo, and Matthew Ritchie

Toyo Ito: Forces of Nature
Edited by Jessie Turnbull, Princeton Architectural Press, 2012 (Kassler Lecture, Princeton SoA, 2009)

Buckminster Fuller: World Man
Edited by Daniel Lopez-Perez, Princeton Architectural Press, 2013. (Inaugural Kassler Lecture, 1966)