May 2019

   Book Talk expanding upon the introduction to Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and her ”Color Problems, a Practical Guide to the Lay Student of Color” at Brazos Books, Houston. 2421 Bissonnet Street. Wednesday May 8, 7-8pm.


April 2019

   See the article in the upcoming New York Times special design section about the exhibition “Gay Gatherings: Phillip Johnson, David Whitney and the Modern Arts” which opens May 3rd at the Phillip Johnson Glass House.


March 2019

   Presentation of the project Salon, a game of Tables & Chairs in the larger context of Ludic Space and Equitable Interiority at the Interior Design Educators Council Conference in Charlotte, NC.


November 2018

    The reprinting of the monumental book ”Color Problems, a Practical Guide to the Lay Student of Color” by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel is out in print, introduction essay by Alan Bruton, with reviews of the project in the New York Times, PrintMag, HyperAllergic and many other design and book blogs. Look for the announcement of a book talk at Brazos Books in Houston in April, soon to be scheduled in a bookstore near you!


28 July 2018

     Invited to write the introduction to the first reprinting of the 1902 book Color Problems, a Practical Guide to the Lay Student of Color” by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel.


02  Februrary 2018

    Salon, a game of Tables & Chairs presented for the first time at the Pratt Interior Provocations Symposium: “Interiors without Architecture”, Brooklyn.


18 November 2017

    In Minneapolis invited to a panel at the Minnesota Design Center for the  screen and discussion of The Gruen Effect upon the release of the Gruen biography by Anette Baldauf.


10 June 2017

    The Houston AIA made/unmade Show is up, including two of the studio’s projects: Stress Wallpaper and Ink on Paper Folded.


23 May 2017

    Presentation of the research on Timber Architecture and Music from the students in his senior studio to the Environmental Design Research Association “The Voices of Place” Conference in Madison,WI


24 March 2017

    Ziad Qureshi and Alan present their research into adaptive reuse of downtown shopping stores and larger support of local identity to the Interior Design Educators Council in Chicago.


01 May 2016

    Alan has been appointed to Director of Interior Architecture at the Gerald D. Hines School of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston.


05 October 2015

    The Chicago Biennial show gathered for Parsons is up. What a great first biennial exhibition in Chicago. Sarah Herda and Joseph Grima have curated a sensitive and spectacular cross section of questions and practices !


30 September 2015

    Alan has chosen the site, written the program and enrolled the international jury for the Timber in the City Competition. Run as studio in dozens of architecture schools throughout North America, the competition is publicized by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and generously sponsored by the Binational Softwoods Lumber Council. Visit the ACSA competition site for more details. Look for an exhibition at Parsons in November 2016. @ParsonsTimber


05 September 2014

    Just mounted the Venice Biennale show at Parsons. Students and faculty have tactile access to the wide range of practices exhibited.


01 July 2012

    Alan has received his NCIDQ - National Council of Interior Design Qualification - status to receive a NY State License to practice Interior Design


01 February 2012

    Alan appointed as Director of Summer Programs at the School of Constructed Environments. This entails the leadership of an expanding set of programs

4 and 5 weeks in duration in the fields of Architecture, Interior Design and Lighting Design. All in all there are 12 studios with a faculty of 48.


22 September 2010

    Dates in early February are in the works for screenings of  the film ‘The Gruen Effect’, a documentary film about Victor Gruen, consumerism, and the transformation of our cities at the MAK in Los Angeles, Northland Mall in Detroit, and the Austrian Culture Forum in New York in association with the Municipal Arts Society.


20 July 2010

    Alan will be documenting the 12th Venice Biennale for Parsons starting August 26th, joined by Anees Assali,  a Palestinian architect and multimedia designer from from Jerusalem. 


15 July 2010

    The documentary film “The Gruen Effect" (Wailand Filmproduktion/ORF. Wien/New York 2010.)

Producers: Anette Baldauf and Katherina Weingartner.) is finally translated into English. It will be screened in February at the Austrian Cultural Forum.


    In the film, Alan gives commentary on aspects of Victor Gruen's tragic well-intentioned invention of the shopping mall in relationship to his concurrent work in theater set, exhibition, retail, building, and urban design. Anette Baldauf and Katerina Weingartner will be flying over in February for screenings in New York, we hope to screen in Detroit and Los Angeles as well. Purchase film here .


01 July 2010

    Great progress being made by MFA Lighting Design student Virna Abraham and myself on the Vanderpoel and City4 Projects. We’re working on the background for an article to publish in the journal Critical Productive, and are building a trans-disciplinary team to consider taking the project to the next step.


20 June 2010

    Getting closer to the subject artifacts for Emily Vanderpoel’s color studies. Speaking with the conservators about the potential for an exhibition. More to come soon.

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