Alexander Pincus is an architect, restaurateur, developer 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 vice president of the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Maritime Foundation. He is also the creator of Another Beer and a partner in Tribeca's Pier 25 Marina.
Under his leadership, Grand Banks was named "The Absolute Best Waterfront Restaurant in New York" by New York Magazine (2017), "Best Outdoor Dining in New York City" by The Village Voice (2014), "Best Oyster Bar in New York City" by The New York Observer (2015), and one of the "Three Best Bars in New York" by Conde Nast Traveler (2016).
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 (2016) and one of New Orleans "Five Best New Restaurants" by the Times Picayune (2016).
Most recently, Vogue named Grand Banks, Island Oyster, and Pilot the top three places to drink outside in New York City and AM New York named Pilot the Best Boat Bar in New York City (2017).
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.