Paul formed the partnership Stanton Williams with Alan Stanton in 1985. As founding directors they have been responsible for the creative direction of the practice since its inception and continue to have a leading design role in the studio’s projects. In 2012, the practice was awarded the Stirling Prize for the Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge. Other notable Stanton Williams past projects are the UAL campus for Central St Martins at King’s Cross and Kings Cross Square, the Millennium Seedbank, the Eton Manor venue for the London 2012 Olympics, the ‘Open-Up’ project at the Royal Opera House and the design for the V&A exhibition Masterpieces of Chinese Painting. Current projects include the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes and the new Centre for Children’s Rare Disease Research at Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity.
Paul began his career at the V&A Museum London, heading the Design Development for 3 years. After being awarded a Fulbright research grant to study Museum and Gallery Design at Yale, he returned to the UK, and set up his own practice in 1980, designing art exhibitions and installations for a number of major museums and galleries worldwide.
Paul has been an architectural advisor to HLF and CABE, and is currently an advisor to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and St Paul’s Cathedral. He is a trustee of ‘Space Studios’ and previously a trustee of the Whitechapel Art Gallery. Paul has also been a visiting critic and lectures regularly at Universities and Institutes in the UK and abroad and has acted as an external examiner at Westminster, Plymouth, Dundee and, most recently, Birmingham Schools of Architecture. Paul was awarded the title of Royal Designer (RDI) in 2005 for sustained excellence in design throughout his career and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Arts London in 2012. In 2014 Paul was awarded an OBE for services to Architecture.