Alan Organschi

Principal and Partner, Gray Organschi Architecture

Alan Organschi is a principal and partner at Gray Organschi Architecture (, an award-winning architectural practice in New Haven, Connecticut, recognised internationally for its integration of design, construction and environmental research. He is also the founder of the fabrication workshop and construction management firm JIG Design Build, which in 2018 created the Ecological Living Module, a fully self-sustaining micro house for the United Nations Environment Programme.

As a member of the Senior Design and Technology Faculty at the Yale School of Architecture, Mr Organschi directs the newly inaugurated Yale Building Project LAB, which conducts advanced research in the contemporary building sector, its global environmental impacts and its potential to mitigate climate change through the adoption of bio-based building assemblies and circular economic construction practices. His current research project, the Timber City Initiative (, examines the application of emerging structural wood fibre technologies to the construction of global cities.

He has written and lectured extensively on the carbon sequestration benefits of biogenic material substitution in dense urban building and civil infrastructure and is a co-author of the upcoming book The Carbon Guidebook: A Field Manual For Building Designers. In 2012, Mr Organschi and his partner Elizabeth Gray were honoured for their work with an Arts and Letters Award in Architecture by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Speaking at the following WCEF2019 sessions:

Tuesday 4 June at 11.00-12.30: The circular economy in lifelong learning

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