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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Academic Excellence: Lori Choi

Student Excellence: Lori Choi

Architecture/Landscape/Interiors

Hometown?
This question seems irrelevant in today’s world. My family currently lives in Houston, Texas.


Why Otis?
Otis’ attraction was its location—the city of Los Angeles.


Impact on Your Work/Life?
Otis is where I organized my dreams. Now that I’ve graduated, my dreams are slowly becoming plans.


Your thesis project?
In Studio VI, we focused on buildings in relation to the surrounding landscape. We traveled to Seattle to get a good sense of the context, researched and observed the coastal conditions, and predicted the rise of sea level in increments of ten years. My final project, “INFILTRATION—Pacific Rim Disaster Research and Education Center,” focused on the exchange of overflowing seawater, urban runoff, and visitors in a single location. Some of the design challenges were to provide a safe environment for the community during a flood, to incorporate constructed wetlands, and to consider marine life and filtration of urban runoff.
 

Interesting things you did outside of school?
A/L/I offers charrettes (practice competitions) every semester in which I participated. I moved to city-wide charrettes where my usual partner, Rodrigo Zayas (A/L/I, '13), and I competed against architecture students from other Southern California schools. We were successful in many ways—prizes,
connections, and exposure to the professional working environment. Chair Linda Pollari informed us of all L.A. student competitions, which were the highlights of my education.
 

Most influential class?
Studio courses are top priority and most thought-provoking.
 

Most influential faculty member?
I'm grateful for all of my studio instructors, who were very helpful and inspiring in different ways: Linda Pollari, Chava Danielson, Richard Lundquist, Matthew Gillis, Matias Creimer, Greg Kochanowski, and Jean-Michel Crettaz.
 

Favorite place in L.A.?
My apartment. It's where I sleep. And sleep is so important.
 

What’s next?
I'm very busy applying to grad schools to start a Master of Architecture program in fall 2014.

 

Something unusual/idiosyncratic?
Time management was always my forte until I started architecture school. Being punctual is very important to me.
 

Information/tips for future Otis students?
Get ready to eat, sleep, breathe, and basically live architecture. It's fun!