Stan was born and raised in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri. He attended architecture school at the University of Kansas. He did graduate research in Paris on the architect Hector Guimard and other Art Nouveau architects and designers. Returning to live and work in New York City, he joined the architectural firm of Conklin+Rossant.
While practicing as an architect, Stan also served as co-director for the exhibition Hector Guimard at The Museum of Modern Art, designing several of the exhibition's installations at other venues across the country. Recognizing Stan's photographic skills, the director of the Department of Architecture and Design then asked him to photograph the Design Collection for upcoming publications...and Stan Ries Photography was born.
Since 1970, Stan Ries Photography has documented the unique design contributions of firms such as Knoll International and Herman Miller, and done the photographic work for publications such as The Chairs of Charles Eames (Museum of Modern Art).
Through an affiliation with the ESTO group of photographers, Stan executed projects for a variety of architects and designers such as: SOM, Gruzen Samton, Heery International, Inc., RKT&B, Ehrenkrantz & Eckstut, Cooper, Robertson & Partners, HNTB, Massimo Vignelli Associates, and others.
In the mid-1980s, Stan became special consultant to the vice president for architecture and planning at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, consulting with architects and builders as he photographed the Museum's many expansion projects. This work required extensive travel to England, France, Italy, China, and Japan.
During that time, Stan also wrote and photographed "Great Rooms," a monthly feature for INTERIOR DESIGN magazine focusing on great public spaces that have been neglected over the years in the rush to cover the new.
Stan continues to produce award-winning photographs for major design firms. His more recent commissions include those from: Butler Baskett Rogers Architects, HLW International, NBBJ, Olin Partnership, James S. Polshek & Partners, Machado & Silvetti, Pentagram Design, and Battery Park City Authority.