Stan Cairns

Principal
Stan Cairns

When Ed Bacon visited his grad school urban design class – and suggested coming to Philadelphia – Stan Cairns took his advice. The Midwest native appreciated the city’s urban planning heritage and has contributed to it over the last three decades.

Stan works closely with clients to develop clear project strategies, and leads project teams to provide creative, efficient, and responsive service. He fosters teamwork with a focus on key design, economic, and schedule issues that will make each project a success. Within the firm, Stan fosters a culture of creative leadership and teamwork. Initiating CLA’s role as an early adopter of BIM, Stan continues to challenge and direct staff to develop new strategies to improve client service. He encourages exploration and efficiency in how the firm thinks about and executes architecture.

Stan establishes design direction and approach for projects, with an emphasis on commercial, hospitality, and multi-family residential sectors. He encourages exploration and seeks to maximize efficiency in how the firm thinks about and executes architecture. With efficiency in mind, Stan directs much of CLA’s BIM strategy and pushes sophisticated visualization in the design process.

Stan has guest lectured at Philadelphia University and Villanova University, served as a panelist at the G2E Global Gaming Expo, and presented at Design on the Delaware. An avid recreational and competitive sailor, Stan spends his free time at home in Radnor, Pa., or sailing on the Delaware River.

Stan holds M.Arch and B.Arch degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Urban Land Institute, and U.S. Green Building Council. He is registered in N.J. and Pa. Stan joined the firm in 1983.

Cope Linder Architecture merged operations with NELSON in 2017.

FOCUSING ON Architecture in the Bay Area

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After a string of recent national moves, NELSON, a global architecture and design firm, announced it has merged operations with WK design group.

FOCUSING on doing good deeds  

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Core to NELSON’s mission is our commitment to partnering with the communities where we work and live to sustain them, as well as creating positive change through civic engagement and socially responsible behavior.

FOCUSING on Architecture in healthcare design  

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In a move that will significantly expand architectural services in the southeast, global architecture, design, and consulting services firm, NELSON, is merging operations with Miami-based architecture firm, MGE Architects. The deal is effective immediately.

FOCUSING ON Design From the Outside In 

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In a move that will take them from a nationally recognized interior design firm to a true full-service architecture and design firm, NELSON, Cope Linder Architects, and KA Architecture will merge operations effective June 1, 2017.

FOCUSING ON DESIGN FROM THE OUTSIDE IN 

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In a move that will take them from a nationally recognized interior design firm to a true full-service architecture and design firm, NELSON, Cope Linder Architects, and KA Architecture will merge operations effective June 1, 2017.

FOCUSING ON Cloud-Based DatA

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To stand out from competitors, attract and retain top talent, and reflect their culture, cloud-based data company, Civis Analytics, retained NELSON to design their new 29,000 SF space.

CREATING New Solutions

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Tactix retained NELSON to provide interior design services for their new location in Center City Philadelphia. The team worked closely with executives to develop new design solutions to fit their needs.

 
 

FOCUSING ON TAMI Solutions

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NELSON announced its intent to launch TAMI (Technology, Advertising & Media, and Information Business) Practice Area. 

 

CREATING innovative design

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Capital One selected NELSON to help them design their Rolling Meadows location. The NELSON team worked with Capital One’s Design Team and Key Leaders to create their vision of an urban chic work environment.