Born in Dublin, Alan studied at the National College of Art & Design before joining the RTE Design Dept in 1978.

During his career in RTE he designed for every aspect of television production, studio based programmes include 'The Late Late show', 'Kenny Live', 'Market Place' and RTE news, 'The Cork Jazz Festival', 'Sunday night at the Olympia', 'Eurosong', 'The National Entertainment Awards' and the 'Bank of Ireland/RTE Proms' are amongst the outside broadcasts he has designed and he has also worked as Production Designer on many of RTE's major film productions such as 'Dear Sarah', 'Dairy of a Madman', 'The Truth About Clare', 'Hello Stranger' and 'The Treaty'. He was also responsible for the production design of the Eurovision Song Contest in Millstreet in 1993 and again at the Point Theatre in 1995.

Since Leaving RTE as senior production designer in 1996 he has designed several film productions including 'Night Train' (Subotica Productions); 'A Love Divided' (Parallel Films in association with RTE), 'Relative Strangers' (Littlebird Tatfilm); 'A Secret Affair' (OBS/Adelson Entertainment/Metropolitan Films); 'Custer's Last Stand-up' (BBC/RTE) and 'Love is the Drug' (Saffron Films/RTE). His work in television as a freelance designer has ranged from TV3 News to the Noble Peace Prize concert 1999 and 2000 (NRK Television).

His work in the theatre include 'Take me Away', 'Words of Advice For Young People', 'Improbable Frequency', and 'The Life of Galileo' (Rough Magic); 'West Side Story', 'A Life', 'Bugsy Malone' and 'Rent' (Olympia); 'Borstal Boy' and 'Sinbad' (Gaiety); 'An Solas Dearg' (Peacock); 'Deathtrap' (Red Kettle); and 'Luca' (Barabbas). He co-designed the set and lighting for 'The Shape of Metal' (Abbey) with John Comiskey. Recent projects include: 'Legend' (Icebox Films); 'The Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony' (Longroad Productions/Platinum One); 'Doubt' (Abbey Theatre); 'The Bonfire' (Rough Magic Theatre Company) and 'The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek' (Prime Cut).