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Susan Chin, FAIA, Elected 2013-2014 AIA Vice President
Susan Chin, FAIA, from AIA New York, was elected 2013-14 AIA vice president. A current AIA National Board member who serves as New York’s Regional Director, Chin is on both the AIA Membership Committee and Strategic Direction Group/Communications Committee. She chaired the AIA Gold Medal Advisory committee in 2011, served on the Executive Vice President CEO Search Committee in 2010, and was the president of the AIA New York chapter in 2005.
Last October, Chin became Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space, a non-profit think tank at the forefront of shaping public space in New York since 1995. During the prior 23 years, she served as assistant commissioner of capital projects at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. There, she developed and guided a $1 billion capital program for over 200 cultural institutions throughout the city and supervised the public art program.
“The AIA must strengthen its role in preparing architects, especially emerging professionals, to serve as leaders in a wider range of roles,” Chin said. “I am deeply committed to this important goal by encouraging leadership and increasing our shared knowledge through improved communication. When AIA members work collaboratively, we solve complex problems, transform public policies, and inspire new approaches to improving the public realm and meeting the aspirations of our citizens.”
Chin was awarded a Loeb fellowship at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2000. She earned a master’s degree in historic preservation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and a bachelor’s of science degree in architecture from Ohio State University.