Abby Hamlin is the President of Hamlin Ventures LLC, a Manhattan-based real estate development company that focuses on select, design-driven projects that engage urban issues. Founded in 1998, the company is one of a handful of women-owned development companies in the United States today.
Since 2003, Hamlin Ventures has played a significant role in the revitalization of Downtown Brooklyn. As designated developer of the Hoyt Schermerhorn Urban Renewal Site, a crucial two-acre parcel with 500,000 square feet of development rights, Hamlin completed 14 Townhouses, 9 Townhouses and with Common Ground Community and The Actor’s Fund, The Schermerhorn, a 217-unit supportive housing residence which is also home to a black box neighborhood theater and the Brooklyn Ballet Studio. All three projects have won numerous design awards including the prestigious AIA National Housing Award. In 2012, Hamlin sold a portion of the site to Carlyle and Flank who are currently developing The Boerum at Smith Street. Other Brooklyn projects have included a loft conversion at 192 Water Street in DUMBO completed in 2009 in partnership with Alloy Development LLC. Hamlin Ventures’ is currently developing 34 Prince Street, a restoration, renovation and new construction project of the former Old St. Patrick’s School in NoLita.
Prior to forming Hamlin Ventures, Ms. Hamlin spent fourteen years with Swig, Weiler & Arnow, then a New York City and San Francisco based developer and owner of commercial properties and the Fairmont Hotels. Ms. Hamlin joined Swig, Weiler as a Vice President for development and over the years rose through the ranks to become President of the company.
Ms. Hamlin has been an active participant in the real estate industry, supplementing her business activities by teaching, as well as serving and leading a number of boards. Since 2010 Ms. Hamlin has been an adjunct professor of real estate development at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and has also served as the program’s Director of Curriculum. Previously, Ms. Hamlin chaired the Real Estate Roundtable at NYU’s Real Estate Institute.
A recognized expert in the field of public design, Ms. Hamlin served on the board of the Van Alen Institute for Public Architecture for nine years, and held the post of Chair of the Van Alen board from 2009-2012. She has served as a juror for multiple design competitions including the National Endowment For the Arts "Design Works" program, and has also been an expert for the Mayor's Institute of City Design.