Alison obtained her architectural degree from Edinburgh University, Scotland. During her thirty five years in architectural practice, she has focused on designing buildings that sustain their users, the community and the natural environment. One of her designs earned the nation’s first Energy Star label for a building and was used as a model for the creation of the LEED rating system. Alison has taught Sustainable Design at college level and has lectured nationwide on the subject.
Alison’s work has focused on public and community projects for private, governmental and institutional clients and includes facilities that accommodate the workplace, education, community service, recreation, arts and worship.
Alison is the President of Platt/Whitelaw Architects, located in San Diego; she is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, past President of the San Diego Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), past Board member of AIA California Council and past President of the San Diego Architectural Foundation