Alexander Pincus is an architect, restaurateur, and maritime preservationist. He is CEO of the hospitality and development group Summer Inc., co-founder of the critically acclaimed oyster bar Grand Banks, 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 (2014), and "Best Oyster Bar in New York City" by The New York Observer (2015).
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 others. He is also a Kentucky colonel.