Alan Francis

Alan Francis Assistant Professor of Practice
Northern Arizona University
College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences


B.S. Business Administration, San Jose State University
B.S. Accounting, San Jose State University
MArch-Arizona State University
MSBE-Arizona State University (in progress)


Alan Francis teaches courses related to the history of the built environment, construction graphics, and building systems. His research focuses on digital design and fabrication as elements in an integrated design process that combines the use of Building Information Modeling, whole-building energy and lifecycle-impact simulation to achieve net zero-energy architecture. His work explores the essential nature of collaboration between the key contributors in a forward-looking process of architectural production.
Francis’ background includes academic and work experience in the areas of design, building science, commercial aviation and business. He earned his undergraduate degree in business at San Jose State University. During his architectural graduate work at Arizona State University, Francis received the American Institute of Architects’ Henry Adams Medal and the ARCC / King Student Medal for Excellence in Architectural + Environmental Research.