Archives


At Stayner Architects, we have two generations of history as an architecture firm practicing in Southern California and building across the Western United States. Because of this, we have an archive of our own that informs our current projects through the expertise we’ve built over decades. Individual projects, for diverse clients with their own histories and institutional memories, often require us to engage with other archives. Each project and partnership comes with its own collection of records: images and texts to which we refer when building new narratives for ourselves and for our current work.


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Deep Springs Telluride Association Archive; Accessed November 2019


Deep Springs College has a strange and illustrious history; its founder, L.L. Nunn, was an industrialist and early investor in energy, finance, and education infrastructures in the Western United States. When he founded Deep Springs, he intended it as both an institution and an ideal community that would mold the next generation of American engineers as deeply invested in both scientific knowledge and philosophy and ethics.



Deep Springs Telluride Association Archive; Accessed November 2019


Christian Stayner, co-founder and principal of Stayner Architects, spent two years at Deep Springs before completing his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Harvard College and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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Walter White, Miles C. Bates House, University of Santa Barbara Walter S. White Archive


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Feder House; © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)Stayner Architects, Feder House © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)


The Feder House, a first-generation Stayner Architects project, is shown here as photographed by Julius Schulman in 1975. The house completed construction in 1972, and was an early experiment in using site-specific material palettes in innovative, unexpected applications. The subtly varied striping of the house’s wood cladding was achieved by working directly with a local mill to select boards by tone, and working on site with builders to ensure that final installation produced the intended effect.

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Deep Springs Telluride Association Archive; Accessed November 2019

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Walter White, Miles C. Bates House, University of Santa Barbara Walter S. White Archive



Walter White, Miles C. Bates House, University of Santa Barbara Walter S. White Archive


Walter S. White, whose papers are held in UCSB’s Architecture and Design Collection, experimented with wood composite long (nearly 60 years) before its 21st century manifestation in mass-timber projects the world over. The Miles C. Bates House, designed around White’s patented “Hyperbolic Paraboloid Roof Structure,” was an experiment in the marriage of then-in-vogue modernist domestic interiors with ahead-of-its-time building technologies.



Walter White, Miles C. Bates House, University of Santa Barbara Walter S. White Archive

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Stayner Architects, Feder House © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)


The Getty Institute maintains one of California’s most robust architecture archives, with holdings that include the drawings and personal artifacts of California-local as well as international architecture firms. Our own work, from the firm’s first era, is featured in the Julius Schulman archives.



Stayner Architects, Feder House © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)


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Walter White, Miles C. Bates House, University of Santa Barbara Walter S. White Archive

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Stayner Architects, Feder House © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

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Walter White, Miles C. Bates House, University of Santa Barbara Walter S. White Archive



Walter White, Miles C. Bates House, University of Santa Barbara Walter S. White Archive

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Stayner Architects, Feder House © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)


Stayner Architects, Feder House © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

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Deep Springs Telluride Association Archive; Accessed November 2019

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Stayner Architects, Feder House © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)


Stayner Architects, Feder House © J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

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