Alexander Pincus is an architect, restaurateur, and preservationist. He is a co-founder of Grand Banks in New York City; Seaworthy in New Orleans (in partnership with Ace Hotel); and the forthcoming Pilot in Brooklyn and Island Oyster on Governors Island. He is CEO of the hospitality operations group Summer Ops and vice president of the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Maritime Foundation.
Under his leadership, Grand Banks was named "Best Outdoor Dining in New York City" by The Village Voice in 2014 and "Best Oyster Bar in New York City" by The New York Observer in 2015.
Since its opening in July, Seaworthy has remained atop Eater's monthly Heatmap of New Orleans Restaurants, and was most recently named "Seafood Restaurant of the Year" by New Orleans Magazine.
In addition to several hospitality projects under development, Pincus is currently directing the restoration of New York's last surviving oyster barge and the historic fireboat, Governor A. E. Smith.
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. He is also a Kentucky colonel.