Alan Ritchie, who received his architectural education in his native England, has over forty years of experience. After the completion of his training, he worked for six years in England. There, he held the position of assistant architect with The Essex County Council and was architect-in-charge of a multi-million dollar civic center complex in Reading Berkshire with the office of Tom Hancock Architects.
Mr. Ritchie moved to the United States in the late sixties and joined the firm of Harrison and Abramowitz, where he supervised the design and construction of a bank and office complex in Buffalo, New York.
In 1970, he began working with architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee, in whose practice he held the position of Associate and Principal. During that time, he was responsible for such major projects as The American Telephone and Telegraph World Headquarters and Times Square Center, both in New York City. Other projects include a 1.6 million square foot office complex in London, England; The Niagara Falls Convention Center in Niagara Falls, New York; Century Center in South Bend, Indiana; and a 40-storey office tower at 190 South LaSalle Street, in the financial district of Chicago for the John Buck Company.
In 1987, Mr. Ritchie left the Johnson/Burgee office and formed his own practice. After several years, Mr. Ritchie and Mr. Johnson joined forces, again and merged the two offices. The two principals worked closely together over the next ten years until Mr. Johnson’s retirement in 2004. During that time they worked on several projects for Donald Trump, including the Trump International Hotel and Tower, and four residential towers on Riverside Drive. Other projects included the Chrysler Center in New York City, First Union Plaza in Boca Raton, Ernst & Young Office Tower in Rotterdam, Holland, Morgines Office Building in Geneva, Switzerland, the Lebow College of Business at Drexel University in Philadelphia and Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.
On leaving the firm Mr. Johnson passed the sixty year legacy of the company to Alan Ritchie. The firm continues the high quality of work and reputation for which it is known. They have already completed several acclaimed and award-winning projects, including the Metropolitan residential Tower and the Urban Glass House, both in Manhattan, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Other work currently under construction includes two high-rise apartment buildings in New York City.
Mr. Ritchie is a registered architect in Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Great Britain. He has lectured in New York and other major cities in the United States, England, Japan and Italy. He has served on a number of design juries and panels and acted as an expert witness for several projects on behalf of building owners, contractors and architects. He is also a member of several professional organizations and has written articles for major architectural publications in the United States, Japan and England.