In Memoriam Sho-Ping Chin FAIA (1953-2015)

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We are deeply saddened to announce that Sho-Ping Chin FAIA passed away on Saturday, June 13. Sho-Ping was a talented and compassionate architect who was fiercely determined to design healthcare architecture of the highest caliber for those in need. In no place is this better demonstrated than her selfless and steadfast commitment to bring state-of- the-art healthcare to Haiti. It is our hope that one of her final projects, the Maternity Ward and Neonatal Care Unit at L’Hôpital de St. Boniface Hospital, will have lasting impact.

During her tenure at Payette Sho-Ping was instrumental to the firm’s healthcare practice. Sho-Ping believed that architecture can be achieved in each project regardless of program, scope or mission and she brought that belief to every project she encountered. In addition to her contributions as a Principal of the firm, she was a wonderful mentor and instilled her teams with a sense of camaraderie and commitment to design.

Throughout her career she was instrumental in defining the national discourse for Women in Design (WiD), initiating dialogue within the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) and then at a national level within the AIA with a focus on Women and Leadership.

However, what we will most miss is her intangible wit, her red pencil sketches, her compassion, her pride and humility, her willingness to listen and the way she brought people together. Sho-Ping was an admirable mentor, friend and architect.

If you would like information regarding the memorial service, please contact us.

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  1. i’ve waited far too long to honor dear sho-ping by posting a comment or two… but i miss her, very much… and i still can’t wrap my head around her no longer being here… for her husband, david, and her daughter, poole… let alone for the likes of me and all of sho-ping’s other colleagues and friends… how sad this still makes me, her passing so unforgivably too soon… no longer able to talk together, however seldom though the years since college… no more able to hear sho-ping laugh and say encouraging things to me that lift my spirit… no more… no more… no more… until one day, i hope, when we reconnect, about architecture and painting and art and the art of life, under the night sky of some post-earth university lawn in the rotunda of this multi-dimensional universe… or meet at the threshold to a design studio beyond the horizon guarded by bronze tigers that look a lot like the duo, nightingale and herschel, who guard nassau hall… if it turns out, and it darn well better, that the architecture of reality has been designed by an architect worth her salt… an architect as levelheaded and creative, clockwork rational and benign… as my friend sho-ping chin

    JEF7REY HILDNER
  2. I didn’t realize this was here on your site or I would have left a comment sooner (Priscilla let me know of Sho-Ping’s passing). Sho-Ping was one of the people I have most enjoyed working with in my career. To put it most simply, she was a good, kind person who cared about others. She will be sorely missed.

    Jenn Martinelli
  3. So very sorry to hear of her passing. Sho-Ping was truly a wonderful person. She was incredibly knowledgeable and always willing to share her knowledge. She will be sorely missed.

    ken hercenberg
  4. We are so incredibly sorry to hear of Sho-Ping’s passing. Such a crushing lost to so many people who loved, respected and cared for her! Both her family and Payette are in our thoughts and prayers. She will be greatly missed….

    Rachel & Chris Dumont
  5. So sorry to hear about Sho-Ping. She was a tough negotiator and passionate about healthcare designs. I always enjoyed working with her. My condolences to her family, friends and coworkers. May her spirit live on…

    Mary Kay Chapman (VA Manchester)
  6. I am honored to have known Sho-Ping, and have witnessed her influence on architecture and on women in architecture. She will be missed, but her legacy will continue.

    Kate Schwennsen
  7. We are so very saddened to learn the tragic news of Sho Ping’s passing. We remember her from many happy occasions. when she was with her sisters, brother and their families. Reading of her many professional accomplishments describes the legacy she left to all women, men and children who would enter the buildings she designed. The comments from her colleagues are a tribute to her talents and humanity.

    The comments from her colleagues are a tribute to her talent, humanity and work in healthcare.

    Joyce & Bob Anderson
  8. It was a pleasure working Sho-Ping. My deepest sympathies to both her family and co-workers.

    Jennifer Ross
  9. Sho Ping was a remarkable woman and architect. She always thought of others first and was always there for you. I will greatly miss her sense of humor and her laughter.

    David French
  10. Sho Ping, a warm and generous person. Talented architect and caring wife and loving mother. I have only fond memories of how she took me and my son Zia, welcomed us to Boston and was helpful and always inclusive. A truly lovely person. Our thoughts are with her immediate family and Payette, her extended family.

    Samir Sadrudin
  11. Sho-Ping was such a unique combination of smart/funny/toughness. And what a great baker. I know I will think of her often and I will hold on to her spirit for as long as possible. The last time we spoke she was telling me how much she had learned about health care design by being a patient these last six months. Her stories were still full of her wicked self depricating humor. We said we would collaborate on an article about the stupid things architects think about designing for cancer patients. I’m so sorry we wont get the chance to write it..

    Laura Poltronieri
  12. We are so saddened to hear this terrible news. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and co-workers.

    Rhino PR
  13. Sho-Ping was an inspiration and mentor to me while at Payette and I will miss her humor, kindness and spirit. I am so thankful I was able to work with her and will remember her always.

    Jennifer Bentley
  14. It was a privilege for me to have known Sho-Ping. She was an extraordinary woman, architect and leader. Her dedication to providing healthcare to the most vulnerable in Haiti and around the world was amazing. My sincere condolences to the Payette family, Sho-Ping will be missed by many.

    Lyris Bauduy-Liautaud
  15. I am so great full to have had the opportunity to work with her; she was a wonderful mentor and friend. Her sprit and sense of humor will be missed.

    Kathleen Hylka
  16. My condolences to her family, friends and many colleagues. Sho-Ping was a force of nature, and I’ll miss her.

    Gretchen Von Grossmann
  17. I am really shocked and saddened. During my years at Payette she was a wonderful mentor and I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to work with her.. A very talented and passionate person. Her wit and energy will be missed by all I’m sure. My deepest condolences to the Payette family.

    Malvika Sen
  18. It’s very sad to see this news… Sho-Ping is such a wonderful person. Sho-Pings father was once a very influential architect/professor who inspired some very important architects in Taiwan. I miss the days in Payette very much. R.I.P. dear Sho-Ping.

    Yi-Hsiang (Daniel) Chao
  19. An absolutely terrific person, so full of energy caring and pleasure to work with. My condolences to the entire Payette family, she will be missed.

    Gary Cabo
  20. So very sorry to hear of Sho-Ping’s passing. She was a remarkable person – I recall her warmth, humor, honesty and determination. My sincere condolences to her family, and her colleagues at Payette and the BSA.

    Ann Fienman
  21. What a terrible tragedy for her family and the Payette family. May her work in healthcare and the humanism she advanced be an enduring legacy.

    Christa Mahar
  22. Sorry to hear of this loss. Her impact was massive and will be missed by communities spread out across the globe. Glad to have worked with her and will keep her spirit in mind and heart.

    Dennis Grudkwoski
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