Botero Development
Residential, retail and office development firm
focused on mixed-use projects in Pittsburgh

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Brian Mendelssohn


Brian has had overall responsibility for Botero Development since 2007. In addition, he is the founder of Row House Cinema and Bierport. He is an expert on neighborhood development, business district revitalization, and historic renovation

Previously, he led a 30 member team as the director of construction for Hawthorne Development, a Chicago-based condominium conversion company known for its environmentally friendly, high quality, affordably priced redevelopment projects. Prior to that, he was a project manager at Ariba (FreeMarkets) in Pittsburgh.

Brian earned a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where he received the Senior Leadership Award. He is on the Board of Bike Pittsburgh and the Lawrenceville Historic Society.

Irwin Mendelssohn


Irwin joined Botero Development in 2015 and focuses on new project development, investor relationships, and strategic planning.

Most recently, he was Head of Institutional Investors at the World Economic Forum where he led the team managing the Forum's relationships with pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and other long-term investors globally and oversaw the Forum's initiatives on long-term investing, infrastructure investment, and capital markets development in emerging economies. He previously worked at Northern Trust focusing on financial analysis and project management.

He has an MBA from the Yale School of Management, an MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University, and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Florida.
Inspiration -
Carcassonne, France

A medieval town in Southern France.

Carcassone is characterized by a clear separation between urban and rural. The surrounding farmland supplies food for the urban areas, which in turn supports the economy for the farmland. This shows us the definition and balance between urban and rural environments.
Chicago, Illinois

The capital of the Midwest

A combination of cohesive yet diverse neighborhoods; the juxtaposition of the lake, waterfront parks, and skyscrapers; and a tradition of practical yet innovative architecture from Burnham and Root's Rookery to the creative use of concrete and steel in Rem Koolhaas's IIT student center.
The Everglades, Florida

A 60 mile wide river in Southern Florida with cyprus swamps, grassy glades and mangrove islands. These landscapes are only found in the Everglades.

Although the Everglades has been under stress from human intervention for nearly a hundred years, it has adapted and is currently being restored, bringing additional life back to it.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

An industrial, rust belt city combining afforadability, history, culture, and opportunity.

Pittsburgh's development potential is exciting. It already possesses many of the traits other cities have tried to re-create and it has been a lab for creativity in design, urban planning, and green building.

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188 43rd Street #2
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
(412) 450-0053
PA License# PA038009

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