Esther Choi (b. Toronto) is a Korean-Canadian multidisciplinary artist working primarily with themes related to identity and worldmaking. Trained in photography and architectural history, her artwork and writing investigate how concepts of nature, technology and notions of the human have shaped and been shaped by worldmaking practices.
Choi is also interested in the intersections between image-making and dialogical and participatory practices. Recent works include Le Corbuffet (Prestel 2019), an artist's book that adopts the form of a cookbook. In 2020, she initiatied Office Hours (2020–), a socially-engaged initiative that cultivates the sharing of liberatory worldmaking knowledge by and for creative practitioners who identify as Black, Indigenous and People of Color.
Choi's work has been exhibited internationally and written about in T Magazine, 032C, Vanity Fair, Vogue, MOLD, PIN-UP and more.
She has published critical essays in Artforum, Architectural Review, E-Flux Architecture, Art Papers, Journal of Architectural Education and SSENSE, and contributed essays to a number of exhibition catalogues and anthologies. Choi is the coeditor of Architecture At the Edge of Everything Else (MIT Press, 2010) and Architecture Is All Over (Columbia U, 2017).
Her work has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Richard Rogers Fellowship, Society of Architectural Historians, Social Sciences Humanities Research Council of Canada and American Council of Learned Societies, among others.
Choi received her PhD in Architectural History and Theory from Princeton University (2019). She holds an MDes from Harvard Graduate School of Design (2008), an MFA from Concordia University (2007), and a BFA from Ryerson University (2001).
Choi is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Cooper Union in New York City.