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Ms. Susan Chin, FAIA

Principal,
DesignConnects
Bronze Member
1000 points

Contact Details

DesignConnects
New York, NY

Bio

Susan Chin, an accomplished urbanist and civic leader, recently formed an independent consultancy DesignConnects. She led the Design Trust for Public Space, a nationally recognized New York City nonprofit organization at the forefront of shaping the public realm for over eight years. Prior to Design Trust, she was assistant commissioner for Capital Projects at NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, commissioning innovative and high performance architecture and public art citywide. She serves as AIA Committee on Design communications chair; and also served as vice president on AIA national board and chapter president of AIA New York.  Susan has chaired and served on numerous AIA committees including: Leadership Diversity Pipeline Task Force; Gold Medal/Firm Award Advisory Committee; Strategic Directions Group and Communications; EVP/CEO Search;  Women in Architecture; Component Partnerships; and Long Range Planning. She also keynoted YAF25 Summit. Her awards include: American Society of Landscape Architects Honorary Membership; AIA NY States's Kideney Gold Medal, and Del Gaudio, and The Ohio State University's Distinguished Alumna.  She currently serves on the East Midtown Governing Group and recently stepped of the NYC & Company Board of Directors.

Education

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

DesignConnects
Principal
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

CultureNOW
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
Drafter/Designer
January 1980 - January 1981

The Ehrenkrantz Group
Architectural Conservator
January 1978 - January 1980

Affiliations

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

Interests

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