Mina Chow, AIA, NCARB
B.A. in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
M.Arch, Harvard University
Professor Chow has taught design studio at the USC School of Architecture, Woodbury University and Santa Monica College. She is principal of LA design/multi-media firm mc2 SPACES, which has completed several design and multi-media projects in Southern California.
Chow has worked for several innovative architecture firms including SOM, Eisenman Architects, and TsAO + McKOWN Architects in NYC. At UC Berkeley, she won the Peerless Award for Architectural Design, and was on Professor Lars Lerup’s winning team for the Amerika Gedenkbibliothek International Library Design Competition. At Harvard University, she co-taught a graduate seminar with Diane Lewis and researched architectural theory with K. Michael Hays. She has collaborated on several design-media projects with the late Doug Michels of Ant Farm. Chow is interested in expanding the awareness of innovative design in the public eye by creating projects to expand the accessibility of architecture in film, television and the Internet.
She has won production grants for her documentaries on architecture from the California Architectural Foundation, the USC Architectural Guild, and the USC Ambassador’s Fund. In 2009, she completed a web-cast “Be Happy” for the National Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, as well as directing a film for the USC American Academy in China. In 2010, she filmed the AIA Firm-of-the-Year Pugh+Scarpa video for the National Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Currently, she is directing and producing “FACE of a Nation” a documentary about architecture, world fairs, and public diplomacy. She also is creating "BRAVE NEW WORLD" a series about innovative architecture with the Mayor’s office in Los Angeles.