Alan Barlis joined Dennis Wedlick Architect, as the firm was then known, in 1997. Trained in both system architecture and urban planning across continents, Barlis’s skills helped grow the firm rapidly. He soon became a leader on Wedlick’s team; just a few years into his tenure at the firm he spearheaded the opening of a satellite office in the Rocky Mountains, running projects in Basalt, Aspen, and Vail. Upon his return from Colorado, Barlis managed the main practice, expanding the firm’s portfolio beyond rural resort properties to include urban residences, affordable housing projects, rural conservation subdivisions, and sustainable prototypes. In 2005, Barlis became co-owner of the firm.
Barlis holds a Masters of Architecture from MIT; he is an architect registered in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Florida, and trained in LEED and Passive House certification. He is on the board of the Tribeca Trust, an organization dedicated to preserving the architectural heritage of Tribeca, the Manhattan neighborhood in which the firm has been located for over 15 years. A frequent speaker on architecture, interior design, and energy conservation, Barlis has taught at the City College of New York, and is co-author with Wedlick of Classic and Modern: Signature Styles (2013).
Dennis Wedlick is the founder of BarlisWedlick Architects. He established the firm as Dennis Wedlick Architect in 1992.
Wedlick began his architectural career with a 12-year apprenticeship to the master architect Philip Johnson. During his time in Johnson’s office he worked on urban and exurban development projects and spearheaded the compilation of a vast archive of Johnson’s residential design. Today Wedlick is best-known for his award-winning residential designs, but has also distinguished himself in master planning, landscape design, and environmental conservation. The Cooper-Hewitt, the Smithsonian’s National Design Museum, which honored Wedlick in 2003, described his work as containing “extraordinary amounts of poetry.” Habitat for Humanity, Columbia County, New York, which honored Wedlick, most recently in 2014, describes Wedlick as a “visionary, whose designs concern not only the health and welfare of his clients, but the community at large.”
Wedlick is a founding member of CORA, the Congress of Residential Architecture, a grassroots organization created to pool ideas among residential designers throughout the nation. He is author of five books on residential design, most recently Classic & Modern: Signature Styles (2013), co-authored with Alan Barlis. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Syracuse and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Parsons School of Design, and City College of New York. A pioneer in passive house design in the United States, Wedlick is frequently asked to speak at architectural and building meetings on residential architecture, energy conservation technology, and the environment.
James Samuel has been with BarlisWedlick since 2000, and a member of the executive team since 2007. As Chief Financial Officer he is responsible for financial planning, budgeting, analysis, and human resources. Samuel brings experience managing large budgets at a non-profit to his role at the firm: he spent years working at Heritage Health and Housing, which focuses on providing affordable housing and social services to underprivileged communities. Charged with managing BarlisWedlick’s business practices and profitability, Samuel thrives on the challenges of exceeding yearly business objectives and providing the firm’s designers with the financial tools they need to run their projects with maximum efficiency. Samuel holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting & Business from Meerut University in Meerut, India, and studied accounting at CUNY’s Baruch College. He lives on Long Island with his wife and two sons.
Doug Huntington has been with BarlisWedlick since 2003. As Managing Associate, Huntington is responsible for overseeing the firm’s design standards and resources, as well as its largest and most complicated commissions. With experience in residential, commercial and institutional work, Huntington’s portfolio includes urban projects in New York City, Miami, Denver, San Francisco and Detroit, as well as rural commissions from coast to coast. This breadth of experience gives Huntington invaluable perspective—he constantly challenges the team to look at a project from every angle, and to explore all options and opportunities. Huntington’s most recent focus at BarlisWedlick has been on sustainable design and land conservation, pursuing the elegant integration of architecture, interiors and landscape. Huntington holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit Mercy. He is a licensed architect, LEED-certified, and a certified passive house consultant.
Marc Bailey established the Hudson River Studio—BarlisWedlick’s office in Hudson, New York—in 2007. Under his leadership the Hudson River Studio serves not only as a center for BarlisWedlick, but also as an informal meeting place for the CRBRA (Capital Region Builder and Remodelers Association), CLC (Columbia Land Conservancy), and local artists and designers. Bailey thrives on collaborating with clients who feel passionately about their projects and the environment. This leads him naturally to rural residential commissions, but his work has also attracted institutional and commercial clients, most recently resulting in a state-of-the-art corporate headquarters and the first passive house church in the U.S. Bailey holds two degrees: a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, both from Virginia Tech. He is a licensed architect in New York and Colorado and a certified passive house consultant.
Elaine Santos directs BarlisWedlick’s interior design practice, an integral part of its offerings since the firm’s inception. Santos has been with the firm since 2009; in this short time her designs have been nominated for Interior Design magazine’s Best of Year Award and landed on the cover of the Home Section of the New York Times. Santos views every project as an opportunity to connect person to place, to animate a space with the context provided by the goals and aspirations of her clients. She starts each project by collecting images, samples, and illustrations to establish a creative direction; once set, she carefully manages shopping trips, procurement and, finally, installation, to ensure that her client’s vision is realized. Prior to joining BarlisWedlick’s team, Santos was lead designer at two prestigious Manhattan interior design firms where she honed her ability to establish long-lasting relationships with her clients. She holds a degree in Interior Design from Parsons the New School for Design.
Jason Money has been with BarlisWedlick since 2004. He has extensive experience designing residential projects in the New York Metropolitan area as well as what BarlisWedlick refers to as the ‘New York Rural Ring’—the region from Eastern Long Island to Eastern Pennsylvania and from New Jersey to Massachusetts—where the firm is very prolific. Through his many impressive projects, he has spearheaded the firm’s expanding knowledge of classical and vernacular detailing. Money is particularly talented at learning his clients’ stories and using them to determine the priorities and parameters of each commission, a process that results in places to live, work, and entertain that are uniquely-suited to their occupants and locations. Money holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the College of Architecture, Design and Construction at Auburn University and is a licensed architect and LEED-accredited professional.