Alan Barlis, FAIA
Synthesizing high design and the highest standards of sustainability, Alan Barlis’ vision has been central to the development of BarlisWedlick’s industry-leading reputation. Barlis joined the firm in 1997 and become co-owner in 2005. He has since built a broad and distinguished body of work, including private residences, affordable housing projects, rural conservation subdivisions, and sustainable prototypes.
Since 2008, Barlis has led the company’s pioneering work in Passive House design. Under his leadership, BarlisWedlick has designed and built over a dozen Passive House projects, including the first certified Passive House in New York State (Hudson Passive Project) as well as the world’s first Passive House church.
A frequent speaker on architecture, interior design, and energy conservation, Barlis has lectured at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the City College of New York, where he is a regular instructor. Alan Barlis holds a Masters of Architecture from MIT and is trained in LEED and Passive House certification. Barlis is also on the board of the Tribeca Trust, an organization dedicated to preserving the architectural heritage of Tribeca, home to the firm for the last 20 years. He is an author, along with Dennis Wedlick, of Classic and Modern: Signature Styles.
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.
Dennis Wedlick, AIA
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.
Chief Financial Officer
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, AIA, LEED, CPHC
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.
Elaine Santos, ASID
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.