Susan Chin is the Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space, a New York City nonprofit organization at the forefront of shaping the public realm since 1995. The Design Trust forges alliances between public agencies, community groups, and nonprofits to incubate and carry out projects such as such as the High Line, the Taxi of Tomorrow and a suite of high performance design manuals for buildings, infrastructure and landscape, including the High Performance Building Guidelines. Current projects include "Five Borough Farm" that will develop a citywide urban agriculture policy; and "Making Midtown" that will transform the Garment District into a fashion research and development hub.
As the former Assistant Commissioner for Capital Projects for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Susan dedicated 23 years to commissioning innovative and high performance architecture and public art. Her projects included: Museum of the Moving Image Expansion (by Leeser Architecture, 2011), El Museo del Barrio Renovation (by Gruzen Samton LLP, 2009), Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall (by Diller Scofidio Renfro with FXFowle, 2009), New Museum for Contemporary Art (by SANAA with Gensler Architects, 2008), WCS/Bronx Zoo Lion House/Madagascar Exhibit (by FXFowle Architects, 2008).
As AIA New York regional director, Susan has served on committees including Strategic Directions Group and Communications, Gold Medal/Firm Award Advisory Committee and as chair (2011), and the EVP/CEO Search (2010). She has also participated in the Women in Architecture leadership summit. At the AIA New York Chapter, before her election as its president-elect (2004) and president (2005), she chaired the Design Awards and Finance committees. Susan served on the AIA New York State board (2007-2009), while also serving on national committees such as Component Partnerships (2008) and Long Range Planning (2008).