Alex Barrett founded Barrett Design in 2005 in order to combine architectural design, real estate development, and his lifelong love of brownstone Brooklyn. Alex is a licensed architect in the state of New York and has been involved in the design and construction of complex buildings in the area since 1997.
After receiving his Master of Architecture degree from Yale School of Architecture in 1997, Alex began his architectural career at Buttrick White & Burtis, a New York firm known for its historic preservation work. As a project architect he contributed to the design of both institutional and residential projects with construction values in the $1-5 million range.
In 1999, Alex joined Beyer Blinder Belle, an award-winning firm specializing in the adaptive-reuse and rehabilitation of historic buildings and contextually sensitive new construction. Alex contributed to rehabilitation projects at Ellis Island, Jacob Riis Park in Brooklyn, the Eero Saarinen TWA Building at JFK Airport, as well as residential condominium conversions and private homes, gaining particular experience in construction administration in New York City.
In February of 2004, Alex joined AS Realty Partners, an entrepreneurial real estate development firm where he performed a unique combination of design and development functions. Alex was the design architect for a new 15,000 sf residential building in downtown
Manhattan, to be constructed with steel shipping containers. Under his leadership, this innovative design was approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission for construction in the NoLita historic district. Alex was responsible for analyzing prospective development projects for the firm, including massing and bulk studies, pro formas and market projections.
In addition to his masters in architecture, Alex received his BA in Psychology-Based Human Relations from Connecticut College in 1992, and has studied real estate development and finance at New York University. A native of Brooklyn, he currently lives in Cobble Hill with his wife, Lindsay, and their two children.