I had lots of jobs before I was an architect - farmhand, waiter, carpenter, garbageman, copyboy at a newspaper, pizza maker, and deckhand.

Alan Metcalfe, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB

Committed to creative, intentional invention as a design process and an outcome, Alan founded Metcalfe Architecture & Design in 2001. The firm is intensely focused on user experience and behavior, both within and around its architecture; combining physical, visual, and experiential elements to socially engage people in a space or a structure.


Alan has worked as a contractor and cabinetmaker, complementary fields that when combined with architecture, bring a functional as well as fine-arts perspective to his design work. It’s an interdisciplinary approach that he encourages throughout the firm, which merges the practice of architecture, exhibit design, and graphic design into tailored experiences for users that in turn deliver measurable results for its clients.


Outside the studio, Alan is an advocate for responsive, high-quality design. A frequent lecturer and visiting critic at local architecture schools, he serves on the boards of multiple non-profit community and cultural organizations, and is an amateur musician.


Alan holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Tufts University.