Alan Kuniholm

Alan Kuniholm, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Architecture, K-12 Practice Leader, crafts designs with an emphasis on energy efficiency, reducing utility costs, and producing buildings that are comfortable and user-friendly. One of the first architects in Maine to receive his LEED accreditation, and a past president of the Portland Society for Architecture, Alan is known as an advocate for sustainable design and for his extraordinary design and drawing skills. His specialties include designing educational buildings, auditoriums, and courthouses, as well as municipal planning and adaptive reuse of historic structures.

Alan moved to Portland in 1983 from Amherst, Massachusetts, where he was teaching at the University of Massachusetts in the Interior Design Department and practicing as an emerging architect. Alan and his wife, Marie DuBois, live in Portland with their two cats, Butters and Lilly, and their dog, Serge. Alan has two sons, Ian and Dana. In addition to his love for design, Alan is a lover of the natural world, and he enjoys fly-fishing, fly-tying, canoeing, birdwatching, back-packing, gardening, playing cribbage, and walking the Portland Trails. He is also a New England sports fan, carpenter, at-home chef, player of Word, and closet ornithologist.

  • Kansas State University, Bachelor of Architecture
  • Licensed Architect: AZ, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, MA, ME, MI, MO, NC, NH, NJ, OH, RI, SC, TX, VT, VA, and WI
  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Certification
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) Membership
Industry Memberships & Involvement
  • Member – AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE)
  • Member – AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE)
  • Member – Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)
  • President – Portland Society for Architecture (2014 – 2016)
  • Founding Member – Maine Chapter, United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • Maine AIA Representative – Maine Alternative Delivery Review Panel
Community Involvement
  • Portland Trails
  • Urban Sustainability Accelerator (USA) Initiative, City of Portland, ME
  • Pilot Form Based Code, Planning and Urban Development Department, City of Portland, ME
Publications & Presentations
  • Commencement Speaker - University of Maine Farmington
  • Portland Society for Architecture, Sustainable Portland Community Workshops & Rising Tides Symposium
  • MEREDA Presentation: The Future of Architecture
Notable Projects