Alexander Pincus is an architect, restaurateur, and preservationist.
He is a co-founder of multiple award-winning restaurants including Grand Banks (New York, NY), Seaworthy (New Orleans, LA), Pilot (Brooklyn, NY) and Island Oyster (Governors Island, NY). He is CEO of the hospitality operations group Summer Ops and serves on the boards of 501(c)(3) not-for-profits Billion Oyster Project and Maritime Foundation. He is behind a spirits portfolio including Another Beer, Captain’s Courageous straight rye whiskey, and the wine labels Everwild and Il Marino. He is also a partner in Tribeca's Pier 25 Marina and the historic vessel restoration facility Heritage Marine Works.
Under his leadership, Grand Banks was named "The Absolute Best Waterfront Restaurant in New York" by New York Magazine, one of the “Best Waterfront Restaurants in the World” by CNN, "Best Outdoor Dining in New York City" by The Village Voice, "Best Oyster Bar in New York City" by The New York Observer, and one of the "Three Best Bars in New York" by Conde Nast Traveler. Seaworthy topped Eater's monthly Heatmap of New Orleans Restaurants for six months post opening, and was named "Seafood Restaurant of the Year" by New Orleans Magazine and one of New Orleans "Five Best New Restaurants" by the Times Picayune. Most recently, Vogue named Grand Banks, Island Oyster, and Pilot the top three places to drink outside in New York City; AM New York named Pilot the Best Boat Bar in New York City; and Island Oyster was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Restaurant Design.
Pincus is currently directing the restoration of a historic FDNY fireboat, the Governor A. E. Smith, that will operate as the bar Marine Co. 7 at Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn; and he is working to find a permanent home for New York's last surviving oyster barge.
Until 2013, Pincus led Bureau V, a New York City–based architecture firm that he co-founded in 2007, and Atlantic Yachting, a sailing school and charter company he co-founded in 2006. Still in operation under the leadership of former employees, Atlantic Yachting is the longest operating sailing organization in Manhattan.
At Bureau V, Pincus designed National Sawdust, a classical and experimental music concert hall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Upon it's opening, The Architectural Review named National Sawdust one of the "World's Best Cultural Projects of 2015," honoring it with an AR Culture Commended Award; The New York Times called it “a soaring, distinctive surprise"; Architectural Record named National Sawdust one of the "Ten Best Arts Centers of 2015"; and The Village Voice said it "will change the way modern music is made." Pincus's other significant projects at Bureau V include Eye to Eye, a sound installation at the Guggenheim Museum; and Abacus, a theatrical performance space at the Whitney Museum (unrealized).
Prior to Bureau V, Pincus was a senior designer and project lead at Asymptote Architecture, where he designed the competition-winning Budapest Bank Towers in Hungary, the Strata Tower in Abu Dhabi, and the Volkswagen Knowledge Gate in Wolfsberg, Germany. He also led Asymptote’s collaboration with Rem Koolhaas and the Office for Metropolitan Architecture for the competition-winning design for the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in Shenzhen, China. Before arriving at Asymptote, he worked at Eisenman Architects, Archi-Tectonics, and LOT-EK.
Pincus won the Honor Award for Excellence in Design at Columbia University, where he received his master’s degree in architecture. Before Columbia, Pincus studied architecture at the University of Virginia and anthropology at New York University and the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has taught at Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Kentucky, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has been a lecturer and juror at leading architecture schools worldwide, and his work has been recognized by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Wallpaper, among many others.
In his younger years he was avid whitewater kayaker, was a member of the U.S. Junior Canoe and Kayak Team and U.S. Olympic Training Team, and made several first descents of unchartered rivers throughout the world. These days he is an easy-going sailor and beginning surfer. He is also a Kentucky colonel.