Susan Chin, FAIA, Hon. ASLA, leads the Design Trust for Public Space, a nationally recognized incubator that transforms and evolves the city’s landscape with public agencies and community collaborators since 1995. She has overseen key projects, such as Five Borough Farm, Making Midtown, Under the Elevated and Laying the Groundwork.
Prior to joining the Design Trust, Susan served as Assistant Commissioner for Capital Projects at NYC Department of Cultural Affairs for over 20 years, supporting more than $3 billion in new construction, revitalization and public art projects citywide. She served as 2013/2014 Vice President on the American Institute of Architects board, and received numerous awards, including AIA New York State’s 2013 James William Kideney Gold Medal and 2011 Del Gaudio Award, Loeb Fellowship at Harvard and Distinguished Alumna from Ohio State University. Email Susan.
Rosamond Fletcher joined the Design Trust staff in November 2012 after spending six years at the Center for Architecture/AIA New York Chapter producing exhibitions and programs, including: Glimpses of New York and Amsterdam in 2040, Jugaad Urbanism: Resourceful Strategies for Indian Cities and Our Cities Ourselves: The Future of Transportation in Urban Life.
Rosamond brings extensive experience managing multidisciplinary project teams, as well as securing grant funding and building strategic partnerships. She holds a Master of Environmental Design from the Yale School of Architecture and a BArch from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She is also an avid urban gardener. Email Rosamond.
Ozgur Gungor joined the Design Trust staff in March 2014 after spending four years at a New York-based public relations firm providing communications services for design and art organizations. He holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Rutgers University and a BA in Studio Art and East Asian Studies from Carleton College. Email Ozgur.
Joseph Huennekens joined the Design Trust in May 2015. His interest in the relationship between the built environment and social change was what first attracted him to the organization. Joe moved to New York City from Philadelphia, where he recently received a Master in City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Before graduate school, he worked in Baltimore as a project coordinator for Power in Dirt, a mayoral initiative to turn vacant lots into community green spaces. Joe also holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia. Email Joe.
Kelly Mullaney is passionate about design's ability to unlock creative problem solving and bring communities together. Inspired by the organization's mission, she came to Design Trust in April 2014 with over a decade of experience in non-profit design and arts administration, including more than 6 years at Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Kelly is well-versed in all aspects of development, including corporate sponsorship, individual giving, foundation partnerships, and events. She holds an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and a BA in Fine Arts from St. Lawrence University. Email Kelly.
Jourdan Sayers joined the Design Trust in June 2016 as our inaugural Equitable Public Space Fellow – after two years in grant-writing and book-editing at New Village Press, the publishing division of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility. He is a recent graduate of Columbia University, where he earned a B.A. in Urban Studies, specializing in Anthropology with a strong focus in Architecture. Jourdan takes special interest in studying unintended and non-explicit relationships between rigidly designed systems and dynamic human uses. To learn more about Jourdan and the Equitable Public Space Fellowship, visit his Fellow page. Email Jourdan.
Martha Snow joined the Design Trust in December 2015, after completing the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in New York City. During her year as a Coro Fellow, Martha furthered her love for using creative practices to address social issues through work with organizations like The Open Society Foundations, New York Public Radio, and city government. She can even be found onscreen in Season 12 of the PBS Documentary Series Roadtrip Nation interviewing inspirational designers across the country. She received her BS in American Studies from Skidmore College, and in her free time, she is an enthusiastic modern dancer, podcast-listener, and large dog lover. Email Martha.