alex duval

MArch '03

Alex Duval through his professional and personal work, is dedicated to creating a more just, sustainable and beautiful world. He is the president and Principal of Duval Design and Duval Development. Together, the companies create design, development and policy solutions for public, private and nonprofit ventures that enhance the built environment. He has over eighteen years of experience working on projects in the United States, France, Italy, China, Korea and India.

Prior to founding the companies, Duval was a Director with Portman Financial, the private investment office of the Portman family with assets under management of over $1.5 billion; a Director with Portman Holdings, a real estate development company that has developed over 50 million square feet of space; and Project Manager with John Portman & Associates leading the design and planning of large complex projects in the US and abroad.

Duval also served as Senior Project Manager at UrbanDATA, a Chinese company based in Shanghai that is engaged in urban planning throughout China. He began his career in New York City working for Nasser Nakib Architect. Prior to starting his professional work, Duval volunteered for one year of national service as an AmeriCorps VISTA, working with New York City’s homeless. The experience inspired him to make places for people. 

Routledge, Urban Land Institute, Princeton Architectural Press and others have published his original research and writing on urbanism. He was a participant in the exhibition Workshopping: An American Model of Architectural Practice, which was commissioned by The High Museum of Art and architecture journal 306090 and selected to represent the United States in the US Pavilion at the 12th Venice Biennale of Architecture. His work has been featured at other exhibitions in the US and Europe.

In addition to his professional work, Duval serves as Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Design. He has been active as an invited speaker at Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, Tongji University, Georgia Institute of Technology and other institutions of higher education. He is a member of the Harvard University Alumni Real Estate Board.

Duval earned the Master in Architecture from Harvard University and graduated from the University of South Carolina with the Bachelor of Arts in English. He is an Oblate of St. John’s Abbey, married to Kjersti Monson and has two children, Olan and Bene. They live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.