David Belt

David Belt

Founder & Director

Macro Sea

New York City

David Belt is the Executive Director and Founder of Macro Sea. David is an active real estate developer who has worked on a diverse range of projects that vary widely in size, scope, and location. David is also the Founder and Managing Partner of DBI, a firm specializing in real estate development, construction consulting and project management.

Currently, David and Macro Sea are working on a redevelopment in the Brooklyn Navy Yard called New Lab, which will bring interdisciplinary high-tech fabrication and collaboration to a former shipbuilding facility. He is also spearheading the new development and restoration team for the Hotel Chelsea.

David Belt has been a guest lecturer, panelist, and participant for institutions such as Columbia University, RPI, Penn Design, Community Design Collaborative, the Atlantic Conference, the Venice Biennale, and MoMA.

About Macro Sea:

“Macro Sea is a creative developer based in New York City.

Our mission is to do projects that we find interesting.

We design, build, and operate projects for people and places that we care about.

Created in 2009, Macro Sea has executed projects in the built environment and conceptual realms, in New York City and around the world.

As part of our core mission, Macro Sea conceptualizes and builds creative interim use projects that transform and energize our surroundings. Our design projects have been featured in MoMA and the Venice Biennale.”

Articles featuring David Belt

17 Inspirational Archipreneur Quotes that will Motivate You in 2017

In our interview series Archipreneur Insights we have spoken with more than 40 Archipreneurs. Experts and entrepreneurs in the field of architecture, building and development have answered our questions and giving us insight into their creative and unusual operations of their businesses and projects. From these interviews we want to share with you the most inspirational […]

Presenting the Redevelopment New Lab, which Brings Startups to a Former Shipbuilding Facility

Welcome to our projects series where we present benchmarks of urban living – self developed by architects and creative city makers. This week we want to present you the recently completed redevelopment project New Lab by Macro Sea. We met David Belt, the Executive Director and Founder of Macro Sea and Nicko Elliott, the Design Director of the company in the […]

Archipreneur Interview: David Belt, Founder of Macro Sea & Nicko Elliott, Design Director

Do you want to get into the heads of the top initiators and performers from the architectural community? If so, we heartily welcome you to “Archipreneur Insights”! In this interview series, we talk to the leaders and key players who have created outstanding work and projects within the fields of architecture, building and development. Get […]

Quotes from David Belt

  • "Don’t be afraid of money, and don’t be afraid of the spreadsheet."
  • "Just get started, and don’t be afraid because the people who are successful are willing to fail and so you should be too."
  • "I have one answer which is, no matter who you are, de-commoditize yourself."
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