Esther Choi

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Esther Choi, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Architecture, Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities

M.DesS. Harvard Graduate School of Design (History and Theory)
M.F.A. Concordia University (Photography)
B.F.A. Ryerson University (Photography)




Esther Choi is a joint Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Architecture and the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities at Princeton University. 

Her research interests center on the entanglements between architecture and the life sciences in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the intersections between artistic and architectural movements throughout the twentieth century.  She is currently completing her dissertation entitled The Organization of Life: Architecture and the Life Sciences in Great Britain 1929-1951, which explores exchanges that took place between modern architects, designers, and biologists to redesign Britain through various technologies of "life design" in between the two World Wars.

Choi is the co-editor of the collected volumes Architecture Is All Over (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2017) and Architecture at the Edge of Everything Else (MIT Press, 2010).  Her writing has appeared in publications such as Artforum, Architectural Review, PIN-UPArt Papers, and The Journal of Architectural Educationas well as exhibition catalogues such as Reaper: Richard Hamilton, Sigfried Hamilton (ETH Zurich, 2017) and Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia (Walker Art Center, 2015).  She is currently at work on Le Corbuffet, a book that explores the intersections between food, art, and design, for publication by Prestel in 2019.

Choi served previously as an Assistant Professor of Criticism & Curatorial Practice and Photography at OCAD University in Toronto. She has also taught at The Cooper Union and The New School in New York.

Her scholarship and projects have received support from the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Society of Architectural Historians, Princeton University, and Harvard University.