Jose Alcala, Partner



Jose has been involved in a wide range of projects, from electronics, to furniture, to exhibits, to buildings. He brings 20 years of experience in both the practical and theoretical areas of architecture, science and industrial design. He holds 10 patents and has received several awards for both his architectural and product design work, and maintains a strong alliance to both disciplines. Prior to establishing MADLAB, Jose worked as senior designer with Ralph Appelbaum Associates and Hixon Design Associates, on projects such as National Constitution Center, Country Music Hall of Fame and Pfizer Headquarters.

Jose is also co-founder of RELAB (Renewable Energy Laboratory), a team of architects, industrial designers, engineers, energy specialists and LEED accredited professionals. RELAB provides architects, engineers, developers and manufacturers with full renewable energy system design services, consulting services, microclimate studies, resource studies and feasibility/cost studies with specialization in Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) and Building Integrated Wind projects. Projects such as The Solaire and The Helena residential towers are just two high-profile examples of RELAB’s expertise in sophisticated custom design integration. RELAB, along with its sister company altPOWER, Inc., also offers turnkey design and install services.

As an educator, he is currently Interim Director of NJIT’s School of Industrial Design within the School of Architecture. He previously held teaching positions Pratt Institute’s Industrial Design department in New York at the University of Arkansas School of Architecture.

He is a registered New Jersey Architect, #21AI01828400.