Alan Brake Named Executive Editor of The Architect’s Newspaper

Big changes at The Architect’s Newspaper: an editorial changing of the guard will see managing editor Alan Brake (pictured) succeed Julie Iovine as executive editor on September 1. In a statement announcing the change, Diana Darling and William Menking, co-founders of The Architect’s Newspaper, praised Iovine’s “exceptional editorial leadership” and multi-faceted contributions over the last six years as she departs to focus on her own writing projects (she will continue to write a monthly column on architecture for the Wall Street Journal).

“We will miss her but are excited that a new generation of writers and editors under Alan’s leadership will rethink how we write about the world of architecture and design and deliver this content to the public,” added Menking. A five-year veteran of The Architect’s Newspaper, Brake launched the paper’s Midwest edition (one of three regional print editions). His writing has appeared in publications including Architectural Record, Metropolis, The New York Times, and Architecture, where he previously served as an editor. In the midst of the transition, Brake made time to discuss the paper, what changes might be in store, and what he did on his summer vacation—or lack thereof.

How do you describe The Architect’s Newspaper to someone who is unfamiliar with the publication?
We hope The Architect’s Newspaper is a useful, engaging, fun, and thought-provoking resource for architects and designers. People tell us we’re the design only publication they actually read—rather than just flip through for the pictures—so we have a very loyal print audience. It’s been satisfying to connect to a much broader audience online. We have a lot of ambition to expand online and will soon be adding a new e-newsletter or two.

Any new initiatives or features that we should watch for in The Architect’s Newspaper, in print or online, under your leadership?
I’d like to improve the way with tell stories visually, both in print and online. We hope to make some changes our website in the near future, and I want to make sure we’re using the best possible images in print. I also want to include more criticism, and to better showcase our critics.

And now for something completely different: have you had the chance to do any traveling this summer? Seen any buildings that knocked your socks off?
As managing editor, I’ve been pretty chained to my desk. I’m looking forward to some upcoming travel including to the Venice Biennale and to Oslo to see a new museum by Renzo Piano. I’m also looking forward to Herzog & de Meuron’s new Parrish Art Museum in the Hamptons.

Any summer reading picks to share?
I just finished Edward St. Aubyn‘s collected Patrick Melrose novels, which I couldn’t put down. They’re not really design related, but definitely appeal to one’s esthetic sense.