Spencer Alexander, AIA
Vice-President/ President-Elect (2024)
Spencer Alexander is an Architect and founder of Anderson Alexander Architects. Anderson Alexander Architects, a boutique firm, focuses on creating site specific work, which takes on a critical regionalism approach to each project. The projects range from mid-rise 9-story buildings outside of New York City, high-end custom luxury waterfront homes in Rhode Island, public housing in Florida, to unique retreats in the mountains of upstate New York. The designs for each project are derived from their unique context, to achieve a harmonistic experience.
Spencer Alexander holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester in Economics and Art History, and a Master’s Degree from Illinois Institute of Technology in Architecture. Other honors include: Certificates in Construction Management from NYU SCPS, Deconstruction and Reuse from Yestermorrow Design School, Management Certificate in Public Health from the University of Rochester Simon School of Business and LEED professional certificate.
Spencer Alexander started his career in finance at State Street Bank in Boston and transitioned to Construction Management with Northbrook Partners/ Blackrock Investments. After working on several major capital improvement buildings, Spencer decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Architecture and, upon graduating, worked on 520 West 28th Street, designed by Zaha Hadid/ILA. After becoming a Project Manager, Spencer continued to work on high-end residential, hospitality, and modular projects with firms in NYC, until the formation of Anderson Alexander Architects in 2019.
Spencer strongly believes that there are many opportunities in the exploration of the local vernacular in Rhode Island. He is most passionate about the modern interpretation of historical architectural forms, specifically rooted in beautiful coastlines of New England. Architecture has such a powerful effect on our environment and day-to-day experiences, and should be carefully considered when looking at how the historic areas of Rhode Island are developed with new developments, and the ripple effects these projects have on the larger fabric of neighborhoods and communities.