Alan Rapp is the founder of the consultancy and visual book packager ARstudio. With more than fifteen years publishing experience, he works with authors, visual artists, photographers, and designers to develop visual book projects and bring them to publication.
As the acquiring editor overseeing the art, architecture, design, and photography lists of the innovative San Francisco publisher Chronicle Books, Alan acquired and developed more than 100 titles over the course of ten years. In the photography world alone he has collaborated with such artists as David Maisel, Jim Marshall, Elinor Carucci, Justin Guariglia, Debra Bloomfield, Terry Falke, Stuart Klipper, Linda Connor, Jo Whaley, Nick Brandt, and Jona Frank. He also has extensive experience with noted authors from speculative architecture critic Geoff Manaugh to design historian Steven Heller, as well as some of the most distinctive visual artists today, such as Sandow Birk and Isabel Samaras.
In his capacity as an architecture and design writer and editor, he has recently been appointed as the US editor of DomusWeb. He has contributed to the New City Reader, Dwell, Urban Omnibus and numerous other publications. He is a graduate of the inaugural class of School of Visual Arts’ Design Criticism MFA program, and teaches a course in globalism and design at Parsons the New School of Design, as well as a graduate-level seminar at RISD. He lives in Brooklyn.