AA Dipl (Hons), M.Arch. FRSA, RA, RDI, RIBA Alan formed the partnership with Paul Williams in 1985. As founding directors they have been responsible for the creative direction of the practice since its inception. Alan has been Vice President of the Architectural Association Council, and a member of CABE design review panel and the RIBA Awards Committee. He has lectured extensively in this country and abroad, and has acted as external examiner at the Architectural Association, Kingston University, University of East London, Oxford Brookes University and Glasgow School of Art. Alan was elected a Royal Designer for Industry in 2005 and a Royal Academician in 2010. He is currently an external examiner at Greenwich University. Through lectures and the publication of work he promotes a distinctive architectural vision based on the belief that a profound understanding of space is a prerequisite for great architecture, and that context and heritage are creative forces in design. After studying at the Architectural Association in London, Alan worked briefly with Norman Foster before moving to California to study at UCLA, where he was awarded a fellowship in Urban Design. During his time in California he co-founded ‘Chrysalis’ with a group of architects and artists. Returning to Europe, Alan worked with Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers on the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Following its completion in 1977, he taught at the Architectural Association and established his own practice working on projects in the UK, France and Italy.