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Susan Chin, FAIA

Design Connects

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Design Connects
New York, NY


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).


Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Loeb Fellow
1999 To 2000

Columbia University - Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
M.S. Historic Preservation
1976 To 1978

Oxford University, New College
1975 To 1975

The Ohio State University, College of Engineering, Knowlton School of Architecture
B.S. Architecture, cum laude
1972 To 1976

Job History

Design Connects
New York, NY, United States
December 2019 - present

Design Trust for Public Space
Executive Director
NY, United States
October 2011 - December 2019

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Vice President
NY, United States
January 2013 - December 2014

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Board Member - New York Regional Director
January 2010 - December 2012

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
Assistant Commissioner for Capital Projects
January 1988 - October 2011

Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Loeb Fellow
January 2010 - January 2011

American Institute of Architects New York State
Board Member
January 2007 - December 2009

Board Member
January 2002 - January 2009

American Institute of Architects - New York
Board Member - 2005 President
January 2004 - December 2006

Nonprofit Facilities Fund (formerly ECF Management Corp.)
Acting Executive Director and Manager, Technical Services
February 1987 - August 1988

The Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
Client's Representative
January 1985 - January 1987

Jan Hird Pokorny Architects & Planners
Preservation Architect
January 1981 - January 1985

Cabrera/Barricklo Architects
January 1980 - January 1981

The Ehrenkrantz Group
Architectural Conservator
January 1978 - January 1980


  • Architecture for Humanity, Architectural League, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Century Association


  • Economic development, Nonprofit management, strategic planning, leadership development, public administration, arts and culture