Professor Alex Washburn

Phone: 201.216.3302
  • Master of Architecture, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design 1988
  • Certificate, Legislative Studies Institute 1993
  • BA Biology, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 1984 
General Information

Alexandros Washburn is a former Chief Urban Designer of the City of New York, Department of City Planning.  An architect who has worked both in the private and public sector, he served as Environment and Public Works Advisor to US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, then as President of the Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment Corporation, and then partner of W Architecture and Landscape Architecture LLC, where he won national awards in urban design, architecture and landscape architecture before joining the Bloomberg Administration in his current position. 

As the leader of a design studio within the government, he acted as the design eyes for City Planning.  His design team worked in all five boroughs on a range of urban design products from zoning rules and policy to master plans, individual projects and guidelines.  Their projects ranged in scale from plazas to shorelines, from bench designs to tower tops.  His team’s purpose was to help improve the quality of public life in the city through design.

From individual buildings to the most complex infrastructure projects, he judges success in urban design from the point of view of the pedestrian. 

Alex lives with his family in Red Hook, Brooklyn and is the author of The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective on Resilience and the editor of Casebook in Real Estate Finance and Development.  He is a visiting professor at New York University and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Honors & Awards
  • Public Architect Award - American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter 2013
  • National Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design - American Institute of Architects: West Harlem Waterfront Park 2005
  • National Honor Award for Architecture - American Institute of Architects: DoMA Gallery 2004
  • National Merit Design Award for Landscape Architecture - American Society for Landscape Architecture: Tide Point Waterfront 2003
  • National Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design - American Institute of Architects: Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment Plan 2000
  • Crain’s New York Business Forty under Forty Award 1997
  • National AIDS Memorial Design Competition - Entry of Note 2005
  • American Society of Landscape Architects: West Harlem Waterfront Park - Analysis & Planning Merit Award Winner 2004
  • Society for Environmental Graphic Design: Pat Said That Exhibit - Honor Award 2004
  • Friends of the High Line Competition - Honorable Mention 2003
  • American Institute of Architects: DoMA Gallery - NY Chapter Design Award 2003
  • American Institute of Architects: Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment Plan - New York Chapter Regional Design Award 2000
  • Architecture Magazine: Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment Plan - Progressive Architecture Award 2000