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Design Trust for Public Space, Art Directors Club Elect New Leaders

  • The urban visionaries at New York’s Design Trust for Public Space have elected policymaker and architect Susan Chin as their next executive director. She starts work at the nonprofit in October. During her 23-year tenure as assistant commissioner for capital projects for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Chin has developed and guided a capital program of $1 billion (with $1 billion more leveraged in private sector funding) for over 200 cultural institutions throughout the five boroughs. Her long list of achievements and honors includes serving as president of the American Institute of Architects’ New York chapter, earning an AIA Public Architects Award, and taking leadership roles in key NYC building projects such as the new home of the Museum of the Moving Image, Diller Scofidio Renfro’s reimagined Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and the SANAA-designed New Museum. “I have been inspired every day, from my vantage point in city government, by how innovative architecture can seed vitality within the creative community,” said Chin in a statement issued today. “I look forward to advancing the catalytic role of the Design Trust, bringing new ways of thinking to the spaces we share.”

  • Meanwhile, about 20 blocks uptown, the Art Directors Club has named a successor to Doug “Tough Act to Follow” Jaeger. The organization’s fifty-eighth president is Benjamin Palmer, cofounder and CEO of The Barbarian Group. The New York-based “digital-centric creative agency,” which just debuted a Fashion Week-themed mosaic of digital images for the Hudson Hotel, recently made Fast Company‘s list of the worldʼs 50 most innovative companies. Jaeger describes Palmer, who joined the ADC board of directors in 2008, as “a hardcore entrepreneur and artist who has proven himself as a successful creative, leader, and businessperson.” As Palmer begins his three-year term, his focus is keeping the 91-year-old nonprofit going strong. “Doug laid the groundwork for reinvigorating ADC as a cultural hub with strong year-round programming,” he said in a statement issued by the organization. “I want the club to continue in that direction, with programming that appeals on both local and global levels and cool events in our great gallery space that connect people and provide real value to members.”

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