Sho-Ping Chin

One of the most challenging and yet exhilarating project that I am working on is a small maternity addition for the St. Boniface Hospital located 3 1/2 hours west of Port of Prince in Haiti. The difficulties are rooted in accessibilities: location, materials, skilled laborers and dollars. We have to confine our design based on whatever is available and that includes working with donations and reverting back to the most elemental construction technology. These parameters have provoked me to work even harder to achieve a meaningful design.

I believe that architecture can be achieved in each project regardless of program, scope or mission. Good design can even be derived from an efficiently laid out back-of-the-house function or a seemingly perfunctory MRI addition. The non-static nature of healthcare projects keeps me continuously challenged and inspired. With each opportunity I strive to improve the previous.

I welcome rigor and constraints placed on design. They challenge me each time to think harder to find the opportunities. I’m especially elated if they have generated unanticipated positive changes. This is how architecture keeps me engaged.

Sho-Ping Chin FAIA, LEED AP Principal

Sho-Ping leads the healthcare practice at Payette. Throughout her career she has garnered a portfolio of diverse building typologies while associated with other firms. For the past 18 years, she decided to focus exclusively on healthcare because she feels passionate about it. She works continuously to inspire others to feel similarly. Her involvement on projects is comprehensive from inception with planning and programming to occupancy. She firmly believes successful outcomes are derived from an inclusive design process where she works effectively to build and obtain consensus.

Her projects range from master planning and significant additions to complex renovations at both major academic institutions such as Boston Children’s Hospital, Penn State Hershey Medical Center as well as local community hospitals. She is especially committed to improving healthcare conditions for veterans through her multiple projects at the various New England Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. In recent years, she has developed a specialized expertise in image-guided hybrid surgical suites where her goal is to achieve efficacy in these high tech clinical spaces within a humanized context.

Sho-Ping received both her B.A. and M.Arch from Princeton University. She is an active participant in the AIA serving on various local committees at the Boston Society of Architects and is also on the National AIA Board as one of the New England Regional Directors (2012-2015). Currently she is also on the Northeastern University School of Architecture Advisory Board.