It was there that she met Marrikka Trotter, now a faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles and the co-editor of Architecture is All Over and Architecture at the Edge of Everything Else (MIT Press, 2010), a previous collaboration with Choi.
Soon after graduating from Harvard, Choi accepted a teaching position in the Departments of Photography and Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University in Toronto. Earning tenure there allowed her to spend the fall and winter terms at the School of Architecture at Princeton University in New Jersey to complete her PhD.
Right now, Choi is focusing on publishing. In addition to her doctoral dissertation, she has two book manuscripts of design-based cultural criticism on the go, focused on contemporary issues pertaining to environmentalism and activism. Yet she still enjoys teaching and often gives talks at various museums and universities.
“My goal is to teach people how to learn,” Choi says. “I’ve always abided by the advice to follow your curiosity; it will never let you down.”
The importance of having clear, projective strategies to deal with issues is a focus of Choi’s work, both in publishing and teaching.
“Every contribution that we have included in Architecture is All Over incorporates a proposal to move forward,” Choi says. “We aren’t interested in simply negational criticism.”
Having a strategy to create change is crucial for Choi because she believes that students and graduates have a duty to serve the community and the public good.
“I think that students, and people in general, need to be more value-driven,” Choi says. “What ethics are steering your pursuits, both personally and professionally?”
Architecture is All Over was released in September 2017. It can be purchased directly from its publisher, Columbia University Press, and in bookstores.