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    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.

  • Please join the Digital Media Department for a lecture by  Alina Chau.
    Chau is an Animator, Illustrator and Storyboard artist who has worked with Lucasfilm Animation, Technicolor Interactive Services, and Electronic Arts.  
    Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • 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.


Academic Excellence: Lori Choi

Student Excellence: Lori Choi


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!