Sho-Ping Chin, FAIA, LEED AP

Principal, Payette


Sho-Ping Chin is a principal at Payette in Boston and leads the firm’s healthcare practice, using design to synthesize the challenges presented by evolving medical technology with the real human needs of patients and caregivers. She works with academic medical centers, community hospitals and charitable initiatives. She is part of the founding group of Sustainable Healthcare for Haiti, an enterprise that is developing a pediatric hospital in Haiti.

Sho-Ping earned both her BArch and Master of Architecture from Princeton University, and has worked on a diverse range of building typologies. For the past 20 years, she has focused almost exclusively on healthcare design. Its non-static nature keeps her continuously challenged and stimulated to improve the previous iteration. Her most proud achievements have been derived from finding design opportunities within rigor and constraints.

In 2006, Sho-Ping founded the Boston Society of Architects Women Principals Group (WPG). Since its inception, it has become a much-anticipated quarterly event amongst women leaders in the local design community.  The goal of this group is to advance women’s roles to the full spectrum of architecture and allied design, sustainable technology, and social responsibility. WPG has enhanced its collective effectiveness with mentoring and developing the next generation of women leaders.  A side event of WPG was organizing the inaugural Women Leadership Summit (WLS) which took place at Chicago in 2009.  It also has become a bi-annual event with the summit at Kansas City in 2011 and the upcoming 2013 summit in Phoenix.  Currently she also serves on the Editorial Board of Architecture Boston and is the AIA New England Regional Director.