Design Talks NYC

Susan S. Szenasy

Director of Design Innovation

Metropolis Magazine


Director of Design Innovation is a new title/role for Susan S. Szenasy at Metropolis, who, starting in 1985 has been the magazine’s editor in chief and publisher. Szenasy has earned acclaim as a leader in landmark design discourse which she continues with the magazine’s Think Tank events. Internationally recognized as an authority on sustainability and design, she has served on the boards of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, FIT Interior Design, the NY Center for Architecture Advisory Board, the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has received two IIDA Presidential Commendations, is an honorary member of the ASLA and AIA-NYC, was recently inducted as an ASID Honorary Fellow and received the ASID’s Design for Humanity Award. Along with Metropolis founder Horace Havemeyer III, Susan was a 2007 recipient of the Civitas August Heckscher Award for Community Service and Excellence. In 2017 she was a winner of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. A book of her writings and speeches, Szenasy, Design Advocate, was published by Metropolis Books. She holds an MA in Modern European History from Rutgers University, and honorary doctorates from Kendall College of Art and Design, the Art Center College of Design, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and the New York School of Interior Design.



Susan S. Szenasy