Architect Alan Goldberg was born in New York City in 1931. After graduating in 1954 with a degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, Goldberg went to work for the St. Louis Office of City Planning and then joined the army. After he left the service, he moved back to New York City. During his first ten years in the city, he worked on several projects including the Seagram Building (Mies van der Rohe and Johnson, 1954-58). In 1966, he moved to New Canaan, Connecticut, to work for Eliot Noyes (1910?1977). Goldberg was named head of the firm's architecture department in 1972 and became a partner in 1974. During the latter part of the 1970s, the firm was renamed AG/ENA. After Noyes's death in 1977, Goldberg became principal architect and took on a number of Noyes's corporate clients, including the Mobil Corporation.
Goldberg's commissions reflected the range of his interests in interior design, lighting, graphics, and corporate design. IBM and other companies engaged Goldberg to advise them on corporate design projects. From 1977 to 1991, he directed Mobil's service station design program that impacted 20,000 stations throughout the world.
In 1988, he was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Goldberg has served as a visiting critic at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and as a design juror at the Yale University School of Architecture. In 2004, the School of Architecture at Washington University selected him for the "Distinguished Alumni Award." In recent years, Goldberg has become engaged in the promotion of hydrogen as an alternate and renewable energy source. As part of a partnership, Goldberg and his team have created a prototype for a Hydrogen Fueling Station/Information Center (2006).