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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!