Alexander Pincus is an architect, developer, and educator currently restoring New York City's last surviving oyster barge. He is a founding partner of the hospitality group Summer Inc. and co-owner of the award-winning oyster bar, Grand Banks. He is also vice president of the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Maritime Foundation.
Bureau V's significant projects include the recently opened National Sawdust, a classical and experimental music concert hall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Eye to Eye, a sound installation at the Guggenheim Museum; and Abacus, a theatrical performance space at the Whitney Museum.
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 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 others. He is also a Kentucky colonel.