Raised in the rural Connecticut, Alan was an accomplished “odd jobber” by age 15, working on varied restoration projects from an 18th century farmhouse and Victorian villa to vintage Chevys and BSA motorcycles. He also was adept at abstract painting and detailed pen and ink drawings of the natural world. These talents, and a Swamp Yankee “do it yourself” propensity, would serve him well in his architectural career: he liked to see how things worked by a process he calls “selective demolition.” Alan pursued his Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Historic Preservation from Roger Williams College, and earned a Masters of Architecture with an emphasis on urban design at University of Pennsylvania. Between college and grad school he served as President of the 10,000-member American Institute of Architecture Students and sat on the national AIA Board of Directors.

After working for New Jersey and Pennsylvania firms on academic, research and master planning projects, Alan joined Centerbrook in 2006 and was named an Associate in 2012. He has contributed to sundry projects, among them: the Ocean House, which involved the replication of a historic resort hotel, and the new medical school at Quinnipiac University. Two of his favorite buildings are worlds apart: Kikutake’s administration building at the Izumo Shrine in Japan and the Biomass Heating Facility at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, a project which he oversaw as Project Manager and which has won several awards, including an AIA New England Honor Award. The building, which has been widely published, has reduced both emissions and fuel costs dramatically for the school. “I enjoyed working on the woodchip-burning plant because we were designing a place that had a great backstory and, in spite of its utilitarian function, it’s really an elegant building. It also is designed to serves as an ancillary “real world” classroom – it’s not your average furnace.”

FACTS

  • LEED Accredited Profession
  • Centerbrook Travel Grant recipient
  • Like to fish, travel, wax sarcastic
  • Taps Centerbrook’s sugar maple trees, shares the result