A trained cabinet-maker and builder as well as a teacher, Alan has developed a practice and a pedagogy that seeks to link broad based conceptions of architectural space, form, and program to the physical means and methods of producing them. He is the founding principal of the construction company JIG Design Build, an offshoot of his work at Gray Organschi Architecture in the research, prototyping, fabrication, and installation of building components and systems. As a member of the faculty of the Yale School of Architecture, he coordinates Yale's first-year graduate housing studio that culminates each spring with the student design and construction of an affordable house in New Haven. He is also an instructor in building technology at the school and has led a Yale Architecture graduate research seminar on new technologies in timber. Over the past several years, he was invited to teach advanced graduate studios at the Roger Williams School of Art, Architecture, and Historic Preservation where his students explored the reuse of urban waste disposal landscapes as potential public spaces (2010), the reprogramming and reuse of abandoned modern megastructures (2011), and, in 2015, the use of emerging industrial technologies in timber to build tall buildings in dense city districts.
Mr. Organschi has lectured on architecture, technology, and the ecological impacts of building at universities and public and professional forums in the US, Canada, and Europe. He currently serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the Cities and Climate Change Network, an interdisciplinary research group based in Berlin, Germany and funded through the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Bonn.
In 2009, Mr. Organschi received a grant from The Hines Research Fund for Advanced Sustainability in Architectural Design for work on high density, high performance wood housing in the United States. That same work continues today under the auspices of Timber City, an interdisciplinary research initiative supported by Gray Organschi Architecture and the Hines Research Fund at Yale that examines the potential supply chain links between sustainable forest management and dense urban construction in wood.
Alan has served as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at Yale where his students, in both a research seminar and an advanced graduate design studio, explored the carbon emissions of building and the possible role of forests in dense timber construction in climate change mitigation. He served as a member of the US Tall Wood Building Prize Competition design and evaluation team and continues to serve as a jury member for Timber in the City, a series of ongoing national competitions for the design of mass timber structures in New York sponsored by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
Today, in addition to his practice and research, Alan continues to lecture internationally on the global impacts of material extraction and resource depletion in the face of global urbanization and population growth.