Carson Chan (b.1980) is an architecture writer and curator. Chan studied design, history and theory of architecture at both Cornell and Harvard University, where he received a Master's in the History and Theory of Architecture. After working at Barkow Leibinger Architects and the Neue Nationalgalerie's architecture exhibitions department in Berlin, with Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga, he founded PROGRAM in 2006, a non-commercial initiative for art and architecture collaborations. He has curated and overseen more than 30 international exhibitions of contemporary art and architecture, most recently ‘A Material World’ at PSM, Berlin, ‘Stronger Magic’ at Grimmuseum, Berlin, and ‘Digital Life Design’ at Haus der Kunst, Munich.
Chan is an active advisor to several cultural institutions including DLD (Munich), Europan, and the Premio Furla, a biennial prize given to the most promising emerging artists in Italy. In 2008 he organized an evening of panel discussions at the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, with leading artists, architects and curators to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Mies van der Rohe building. Chan was co-curator, with Nadim Samman, of the Marrakech Biennale 2012.