Esther Choi's practice operates in the interdisciplinary space between art and architecture. As an artist, trained as an architectural historian, her work often explores misalignments in historical narratives and cultural representations, occupying moments of disjuncture as opportunities to recuperate and critically re-imagine them. A key interest in her art practice and scholarship centers on how aesthetics and technology have shaped concepts of nature—and, by extension, human nature—from the early twentieth century to the present.
Choi's work has been exhibited internationally and featured in T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Architectural Digest, 032C, and more. She is the author of the artist’s book Le Corbuffet (Prestel, 2019), which received a James Beard nomination for its photography in 2020.
She is the co-editor of Architecture at the Edge of Everything Else (MIT Press, 2010) and Architecture Is All Over (Columbia U Press, 2017). Her writing has appeared in Artforum, Architectural Review, SSENSE, Art Papers, and the Journal of Architectural Education. Choi's essays can also be found in the edited volumes Hippie Modernism (Walker Art Center, 2015), Reaper (JRP Ringier, 2015), and Radical Pedagogies (MIT Press, forthcoming 2021).
In 2020, Choi founded Office Hours, a non-profit global mentoring initiative to support emerging BIPOC designers. She has held teaching appointments at OCAD University, The New School, and Cooper Union.
She received a joint Ph.D. in Architectural History and Theory and Interdisciplinary Humanistic Studies from Princeton University in 2019. Born in Toronto, she lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.