Esther Choi is an architecture historian, design critic and writer based in New York. She is completing her doctorate at Princeton University. Her dissertation, The Organization of Life, examines collaborations and exchanges that took place between British modern architects, designers and biologists to redesign human nature in between the two World Wars. She holds degrees from Princeton University, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Concordia University and Ryerson University.
Choi is the co-editor of two books: Architecture Is All Over (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City) and Architecture at the Edge of Everything Else (The MIT Press). She has written for Artforum, The Journal of Architectural Education, Art Papers, PIN-UP and other publications. Her criticism and essays have explored the nexus of art, design, aesthetics and ethics in a variety of subject matter, ranging from inflatables to the history of biotechnology.
Previously trained as an artist in installation and photography, her images have appeared in publications such as Dazed and Confused, Another Magazine and Another Man. She is currently at work on Le Corbuffet, a book about the intersections of food, art and design, for publication by Prestel in 2019.
A frequent lecturer, Choi has participated in speaking engagements at venues such as Cranbook Art Museum, e-flux and the Museum of Modern Art, NY. She frequently curates cultural programming about architecture and the arts; past projects have ranged from public conversations and symposia to interdisciplinary pedagogical experiments. She has taught at OCAD University, The Cooper Union and The New School.