Angelyn A. Chandler

Freshkills Park, project of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

Angelyn A. Chandler, BA89

Angelyn A. Chandler is an architect and senior manager at the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Under her direction, New York City has greatly expanded its green space and undertaken significant projects focused on reconstructing compromised and under-resourced sites as thriving public spaces.

In 1989 Chandler earned a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Architecture and French from Washington University, and received the School's faculty award for the Most Outstanding Undergraduate. She went on to earn a Master of Architecture from Princeton University in 1992.

Chandler first joined NYC Parks in 2003, following work at the firms BKSK Architects, Gensler, and KPF. Among her major projects, she led the capital program for the 2,200-acre Freshkills Park; once the largest landfill in the world, it is now a model for landfill-to-park development. She also established the Landfill and Brownfield Task Force to craft policy on the development and management of this challenging site type. Following Superstorm Sandy, she was the design project manager for the $300 million reconstruction of New York City's swimming beaches, a multi-borough project that included rebuilding damaged park buildings and boardwalks as well as the construction of 35 custom modular structures to house public restrooms, lifeguards, and staff. Chandler is currently the capital program director for the Community Parks Initiative, NYC Parks' first major equity initiative. In its first phase, the program will invest $130 million to transform 35 parks across the city that have had little capital investment in over 20 years.

As a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design in 2013-14, Chandler researched planning strategies that embrace innovative design, urban ecology, climate change, resilience, land reclamation, and accessibility.

In 2009, Chandler joined the board of Studio L as president. Founded in honor of WUSTL professor emeritus Leslie J. Laskey, the alumni organization sponsors an annual charrette and award for Sam Fox School architecture students and has raised more than $100,000 for the Studio L endowment, among other activities.