Situated Objects

Situated Objects

Buildings and Projects by Stan Allen, Photographs by Scott Benedict

Building in and with nature: buildings by American architect Stan Allen in the Hudson Valley, north of New York.



Title Information

Stan Allen. With contributions by Helen Thomas and Jesús Vassallo

1st edition

, 2020


256 pages, 110 duotone illustrations and 118 drawings

20.5 x 25.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-204-0


Stan Allen is an architect and Professor at Princeton University, and has won global acclaim, primarily for his work in town planning, and his influential essay Field Conditions, which was published in 1996. Situated Objects now shows a very different facet of his creative process: a selection of small buildings and projects within the landscape of the Hudson Valley, New York. They demonstrate an approach to architecture that engages in a dialogue with this partly wild, and wholly non-urban environment that lies just outside the gates of New York City.

The projects are presented in drawings and a rich array of photographs, and are arranged in three thematic categories: Compounds, Material Histories, and New Natures, supplemented by the architect’s writings and essays by Helen Thomas and Jesús Vassallo. The numerous photos taken by celebrated architectural photographer Scott Benedict convey the special atmosphere of the Hudson Valley and the buildings that are embedded in it.


Stan Allen is an American architect and writer. He teaches as Professor of Architecture and Design at Princeton University School of Architecture and runs his own studioStan Allen Architect in New York.


Helen Thomas is an architect, writer and editor. She also holds a teaching and research appointment at ETH Zurich’s School of Architecture.


Jesús Vassallo is an architect and author of Seamless: Digital Collage and Dirty Realism in Contemporary Architecture and Epics in the Everyday: Photography, Architecture, and the Problem of Realism (both published by Park Books). He teaches and engages in research as assistant professor at Rice University School of Architecture in Houston, Texas.

Authors & Editors

"Allen’s essay on the meaning and force of the axonometric is dressed like an afterthought within his monograph, but it succeeds as a quiet manifesto for the work of an architect who, more even than his recent buildings, is himself convincingly situated—and not only in the Hudson River Valley, but at John Hejduk’s Cooper Union, or at Princeton where he was Dean until 2012, or in the work of the other cerebral masters he admires." Niall Hobhouse,