Alan and Thea Stanton

The relationship of the body, architecture and movement is fundamental to our experience of the world and the M.Arch at the Arts University Bournemouth has these issues at its core. Architect, Alan Stanton will use his practice’s Stirling Prize winning Sainsbury Laboratory project for Cambridge University to investigate the bodies relationship to architecture and his daughter, choreographer Thea will reflect and respond from her own perspective.

Stanton Williams was founded by Alan Stanton (OBE, RA, RDI, FRSA, RIBA) and Paul Williams in 1985, following extensive individual careers in teaching and practice in the UK, Europe and the US. The practice’s shared passion for art and architecture continues to guide their design ethos. They have successfully completed numerous high profile architectural, urban design, masterplanning, exhibition and interior design projects, winning more than 100 awards. Recently they have completed the UAL building at Kings Cross and the Sainsbury Laboratory which won the 2012 RIBA Stirling Prize. 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.

Thea Stanton is a choreographer who is particularly concerned with connecting the audiences’ and performers’ somatic experiences, and creating an active relationship between movement and the way it is perceived. This desire for a fusion of experiences informs every element of her work, from the moulding of movement, to the use of space, and her relationships with other collaborators ranging from music, art and film. She studied at Bristol University and Trinity Laban. Her most recent work, ‘Spun Through Shadows’, explored these issues with a presentation that took the audience on a journey through the Royal Academy with two dancers, string quartet, live electronics and interactive lighting.

All Architecture course lecture Friday 13th November 2015