Stanton Williams

Stanton Williams
Practice information
Key architects Alan Stanton
Paul Williams
Gavin Henderson
Patrick Richard[1]
Founded 1985
Location London
Significant works and honors
Projects University of the Arts London campus at King’s Cross; the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University; the Britten Pears Archive in Aldeburgh; Hackney Marshes Centre; Eton Manor London 2012 Olympic, Paralympic and Legacy venue; King’s Cross Square; transformation of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes

Stanton Williams is an English architectural design practice based in Islington, London.

The studio was founded by Alan Stanton and Paul Williams in 1985 and now has a team of over 85 people with four directors, two associate directors and eight associates. Stanton Williams has completed over 350 architectural, urban design, masterplanning, exhibition and interior design projects, winning more than 100 awards. In 2012 their Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge was awarded the Stirling Prize.[2]

Paul Williams is the first design-trained architect to be registered with ARB and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Arts London in 2012. Alan Stanton was elected a Royal Academician in 2009 and both Alan and Paul are both Royal Designers of Industry, [3] They each received an OBE for their services to architecture in 2014.[4]

The practice has developed its portfolio from an initial focus on museums and galleries towards a wide variety of projects, all of which demonstrate its overarching objective of putting the user’s experience of space, light and materials at the forefront of the agenda, as well as creating places that sensitively respond to their cultural, social and physical context.


Recently completed projects include: The new campus for the University of the Arts London at King’s Cross; the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University; the Britten Pears Archive in Aldeburgh; Hackney Marshes Centre; Eton Manor London 2012 Olympic, Paralympic and Legacy venue; and King’s Cross Square.

Current projects include: The transformation of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes; an art centre for Lincoln College, Oxford; transformation of the Cambridge Judge Business School; a research building for Great Ormond Street Hospital; the Royal Opera House ‘Open Up’ project; a student residential building at King’s Cross and a number of high-end residential projects in Central London.

Other notable projects include: Compton Verney House Art Gallery; Wellcome Trust Millennium Seed Bank Building; extension of the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry; Bournville Place and Four Brindleyplace in Birmingham; Tower Hill, Tower of London; Bourne Hill Offices in Salisbury; Whitby Abbey visitor centre, and the Victoria and Albert Museum Ceramics Gallery. [5]


A Walk Around King’s Cross: Volume 1
Ed. Ruth Slavid
The Architect’s Journal / EMAP publishing, 2014 [6]

The Sainsbury Laboratory: Science, Architecture, Art
Stephen Day, John Parker, Steve Rose
Black Dog Publishing, Year 2011 [7]

Stanton Williams: Volume
Stephen Bayley, Irenee Scalbert, David Taylor
Black Dog Publishing, 2009 [8]

Stanton Williams
De aedibus international Volume 1
Ed. Heinz Wirzn
Quart Verlag, 2009 [9]

Teaching, lectures and mentoring

A number of Stanton Williams’ architects and designers are teachers, guest lecturers and external examiners at schools of architecture and creative arts universities.

The Directors have acted as external examiners at Westminster, Plymouth, Dundee, Birmingham Schools of Architecture, the Architectural Association, Kingston University, University of East London, Oxford Brookes University, Glasgow School of Art and University of Greenwich. They have held teaching and visiting critic roles at London Metropolitan University, Westminster University, Central Saint Martins MA Creative Practice for Narrative Environments and the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne in Switzerland.

Alan Stanton is a trustee of Open-City.[10] Paul Williams is an advisor to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and St Paul’s Cathedral. He is a trustee of Space Studios [11] and also sits on the RIBA Public Education Committee.[12] The practice supports the Open-City Education Fund, and takes part in Open-City’s architectural education programmes ‘Architecture in Schools’ and ‘Accelerate into University’.[13]

Stanton Williams offers support and mentoring to architectural students at Central Saint Martins (via the RIBA London Student Mentoring scheme), University of Greenwich, University of East London and the Bartlett School of Architecture.


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