Betty Y. Chen, Commissioner
Betty Y. Chen is an architect in New York City. As Vice President for Planning, Design and Preservation at the Trust for Governors Island, she oversaw the planning for the redevelopment of Governors Island in New York Harbor. Prior to joining the Trust, Ms. Chen was with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation where she was responsible for the development of the World Trade Center Master Plan and various other planning projects in Lower Manhattan.
As a former Project Architect with Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects, she has extensive experience in design, project management, and construction administration. In 1993 she won the competition to design the San Jose Veterans’ Memorial along with her partners in Manhattan Projects. The memorial was built in a public park in downtown San Jose and dedicated in 1997. From 2000 – 2005, Ms. Chen served on the Public Art Network Council advising on issues in the field of Public Art.
Ms. Chen is co-chair of the NYC American Institute of Architects Design Awards Committee. She has taught in the art history and architecture departments at Yale University and served on numerous design juries. In 2010, she was appointed to the New York City Charter Revision Commission.
Ms. Chen holds a Masters degree in Architecture from Yale University, a Bachelors degree from Harvard University, and a Commercial Horticulture certificate from the New York Botanical Garden. She is a registered architect in the State of New York.
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