Susan Chin: Making Midtown and Beyond

Department of City and Regional Planning Professional Planning

Susan Chin is the executive director of the Design Trust for Public Space, a nonprofit at the forefront of shaping the urban environment. Her projects include: Five Borough Farm — expanding urban agriculture in New York City; Making Midtown — creating a new bold vision for a 21st-century Garment District; and Under the Elevated —  reclaiming space under bridges and rail lines to connect communities. For more than 20 years she served as assistant commissioner for capital projects in New York City's Department of Cultural Affairs, overseeing more than $3 billion in new construction, revitalization, and public art projects. Chin was elected 2013–14 vice president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Board, after serving as 2010–12 AIA New York regional director, and 2005 AIA New York Chapter president. She served on the Mayor's Institute for City Design, and  various New York State Council on the Arts panels and has lectured at colleges and universities.

Chin has received numerous awards, including the AIA New York State 2011 Matthew Del Gaudio award and Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University. An AIA fellow, she holds a master of science in historic preservation from Columbia University and a bachelor of science in architecture from the Ohio State University.