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, Biotechnics, and the Life Sciences in Great Britain 1929-1950, which explores exchanges that took place between modern architects, planners, and biologists to redesign Great Britain through  projects ranging from experimental furniture to city planning. 

Her writing has appeared in publications such as Artforum, Architectural Review, PIN-UP, and Art Papers, as well as exhibition catalogues such as Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia (Walker Art Center, 2015).  Choi is the co-editor of the collected volumes Architecture at the Edge of Everything Else (MIT Press, 2010) and Architecture Is All Over (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, forthcoming 2017).  

Choi served previously as an Assistant Professor of Criticism & Curatorial Practice and Photography at OCAD University in Toronto. 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.