With over 25 years of professional experience, Chan-li Lin has design and management skills cultivated from wide-ranging project experiences. He is personally involved in all phases of a project, from Programming through to Construction Administration, typically overseeing and organizing a large team of architects working on various aspects of the building. He also manages consultant input to achieve code compliance in innovative, complex facilities.

Since joining the firm, Mr. Lin has collaborated closely with Rafael Viñoly and Jay Bargmann on the design and execution of projects for universities, municipal, and private clients in the United States, the Netherlands, and Japan. He has also led design teams for major competitions, including the World Trade Center and the Pittsburgh Convention Center, which resulted in a firm commission.

Mr. Lin has substantial experience leading academic medical and research projects in the U.S.. He has served as Project Director for the University of Chicago Medicine, Center for Care and Discovery; the Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building and the Ray and Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building at University of California, San Francisco; the University of Pennsylvania Medicine Complex in Philadelphia, and the New Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California.

He travels regularly and has relocated to ensure project quality of services. In 1990, he moved to Japan for a year to work on the Tokyo International Forum, a conference center and performing arts facility. He continued making frequent trips to Tokyo with Rafael Viñoly for the subsequent four years, coordinating with the construction team in Japanese until project completion.

Using knowledge gained from the Tokyo International Forum, he later led the design team for Princeton University Stadium in New Jersey, USA; Vdara Hotel & Spa at City Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; and also relocated to Boston, Massachusetts, USA to establish and manage the site office for the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Master of Architecture, 1990

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science in Art and Design, 1987

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Architects

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

U.S. Green Building Council

Registered Architect in: New York, California

Honors and Awards

Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Design Juror, Spring 2022

Harvard Graduate School of Design, Visiting studio instructor, Spring 1999

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, AIA Foundation Scholastic Award, 1990

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Goldstein Scholarship, 1986

Speaking Engagements

Healthcare Facilities Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, USA, “Intersection of Science Technology and Humanity – The New Stanford Hospital,” September 2014

Presentation at Illinois Institute of Technology, 2013

Healthcare Design Conference, Orlando, Florida, USA, November 2013

Healthcare Facilities Symposium, Chicago, Illinois, USA, “Hedging Your Bets: High Performance with High Stakes,” October 2013

Chicago Architectural Foundation Presentation, Chicago, Illinois, USA, “Design for People, Design for Change: Three Hospitals by Rafael Viñoly Architects,” November 2012