Photo courtesy of Howard University.
Over the summer, the Commission of Fine Arts appointed a new member to the Old Georgetown Board: Alan Brangman.
Brangman is not a new face to Georgetown. He served as the University Architect for Georgetown University from 1994 to 2010, overseeing some dramatic projects at the school, such as the Southwest Quad and the new business school building. He also oversaw some contentious projects like the Wormley School and the GU boathouse. In the face of opposition, the former was abandoned and the later has been endlessly delayed. This experience in knowing A. how things get done, and B. how things get blocked will serve Brangman well in his new role approving the design of such projects.
In addition to having a long career in the architecture and planning field, interestingly enough Brangman was once mayor of Falls Church.
Brangman replaces Ann Lewis. Unlike Brangman, and the other remaining OGB members, Lewis is actually a Georgetown resident. In fact she’s married to Ron Lewis the chair of the ANC. This has meant that for years Ron Lewis had to recuse himself from all OGB substantive discussions. He can finally open his mouth.
Given the likelihood that GU will have several large on campus projects seeking approval from a likely sympathetic Brangman during his term, his appointment is probably good news for the school (given that his employment with GU ended years ago, he is probably not conflicted from weighing in on the school’s projects). So congrats to both Brangman and GU!