Before training as an architect, Alan worked as a carpenter, contractor, and cabinet-maker, acquiring a lifelong appreciation for craftsmanship and the practical realities of construction. Alan went on to work as lead designer and partner at three Philadelphia firms before opening Metcalfe in 2001.
He holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Tufts University and is a LEED AP and NCARB certified. Outside the practice, Alan is an adjunct professor and visiting critic at local architecture schools, serves on the boards of multiple non-profit community, arts, and cultural organizations in and around his home in Mt. Airy, and spends as much time playing in Blues and R+B in bands as his wife will tolerate.