Carson Chan

PhD student, Princeton University, School of Architecture
MDes, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
MArch, Cornell University, Department of Architecture


Carson Chan is a curator and writer currently pursuing a PhD at Princeton University School of Architecture. His current research tracks the rise of environmentalism and aquarium architecture in postwar United States.

In 2006, he founded and directed PROGRAM—a non-profit initiative for art and architecture collaborations in Berlin—together with Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga. He has variously organized more than fifty exhibitions internationally, including the 4th Marrakech Biennale, which he curated with Nadim Samman in 2012, and the Biennial of the Americas in Denver, for which he served as the Executive Curator in 2013. Carson’s writing on architecture, art, and contemporary culture appears regularly in books and publications such as Art Papers, Avery Review, Frieze, Log, Pin-Up, Texte zur Kunst, as well as Kaleidoscope (Milan), where he is Contributing Editor, and 032c (Berlin), where he is Editor-at-Large.

In 2013, Carson co-organized a conference at Yale School of Architecture with David Andrew Tasman and Prof. Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, bringing together leading and emerging scholars researching both historical and contemporary practices of architecture exhibition making. The papers delivered will be published by Yale, and distributed by Actar in the fall of 2015.