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 the exchanges and collaborations that took place between British 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 publications such as Artforum, Art Papers, The Journal of Architectural Education and PIN-UP, as well as exhibition catalogues such as Hippie Modernism and Reaper: Richard Hamilton, Sigfried Giedion. Her criticism and essays have explored the nexus of aesthetics, science, technology and ethics in a variety of subject matter, ranging from inflatable architecture to the history of biotechnology.
Choi trained previously as an artist, working in installation and photography. Her installations and images have been exhibited in galleries and institutions throughout North America. Her photographs have appeared in Another Magazine, Vice Records and Dazed and Confused. 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.
A frequent lecturer, she has participated in speaking engagements at venues such as E-flux, Museum of Modern Art (New York) and Cranbook Art Museum. She often curates cultural programming in the arts; past projects have included art and pedagogy experiments, public conversations, lectures and symposia. She has held teaching appointments in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University, The Cooper Union's Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture and The New School's Department of Art and Design History and Theory.