Susan Hinkson-Carling

Susan Hinkson-Carling

Managing Director

Susan Hinkson-Carling, AIA, LLM has a distinguished background in both the public and private sectors and specializes in housing, land use and real estate at Capalino.


Susan is a seasoned senior executive and design professional with over 30 years’ experience in fast-paced, high level land use, real estate, related finance and public policy realm. She has designed, managed and built hundreds of millions of dollars in complex projects, often surpassing the desired goals in both the private and public sectors. As a licensed architect, Susan’s experience and knowledge of NYC’s zoning, construction and land use processes have helped clients such as CCNY, MURAL and Alchemy Properties.

Before joining Capalino, Susan spent 20 years in city and state government, most recently as the Vice Chair of the Board of Standards and Appeals.  She also served as the Brooklyn Borough Commissioner for the NYC Department of Buildings and as Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Community Development for Sullivan County New York, As Capital Program Manager for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs she administered over $500M in design and construction contracts for the City’s cultural institutions including BAM, Public Theater, and the Brooklyn Museum.

Susan is recognized for her philanthropic work. She is a Trustee of New York Law School where there is a named scholarship in her honor supporting academically deserving students. She is also a Trustee of the Municipal Arts Society, Wave-Hill, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York.

Susan graduated from Pratt Institute School of Architecture, and she holds both a JD and LLM from New York Law School.

Posts By Susan Hinkson-Carling

Mission-Driven Affordable Housing: City Council Land Use Bills and NYC’s Recovery

Mission-Driven Affordable Housing: City Council Land Use Bills and NYC’s Recovery


Real Estate Companies Re-Think Their Business Models: The Housing Stability and Tenant Protections Act of 2019


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