OBE, RA, RDI, FRSA, RIBA, M.Arch, AA Dipl (Hons)
After studying at the Architectural Association in London, Alan worked briefly with Norman Foster before moving to California to study at UCLA, where he was awarded a fellowship in Urban Design. During his time in California he co-founded ‘Chrysalis’ with a group of architects and artists. Returning to Europe, Alan worked with Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers on the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Following its completion he taught at the Architectural Association and established his own practice working on projects in the UK, France and Italy.
Alan formed the partnership Stanton Williams with Paul Williams in 1985. As founding directors they have been responsible for the creative direction of the practice since its inception and continue to have a leading design role in the studio’s projects. In 2012, the practice was awarded the Stirling Prize for the Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge. Other notable Stanton Williams past projects are the UAL campus for Central St Martins at King’s Cross and Kings Cross Square, the Millennium Seedbank and the Musée d’Arts de Nantes. More recent projects include the ‘Open-Up’ project at the Royal Opera House and the new Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Through lectures and the publications of work he promotes a distinctive architectural vision based on the belief that a profound understanding of space is a prerequisite for great architecture, and that context and heritage are creative forces in design. Alan has been Vice President of the Architectural Association Council, a member of CABE design review panel and the RIBA Awards Committee and he is currently a Trustee of Open-City. Alan was elected a Royal Designer for Industry in 2005 and a Royal Academician in 2009.