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Rebecca Choi, Ph.D.

Lecturer

BA, UCLA, Design/Media Arts; MA, Urban Planning, UCLA; PhD, Architecture & Urban Design, UCLA


Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts in Design|Media Arts and holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Critical History & Theory of Architecture in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA. Her scholarship focuses on the history of late 20th century architecture and urbanism, with an emphasis on Los Angeles. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Welton Becket Fellowship and has contributed to journals such as Places, as well as working as a reviewer for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.


 
Currently Teaching
  • 114
    Architecture Culture and Community
    Architecture Culture and Community
    This introductory course investigates the role of architecture as a cultural product linked to a variety of external influences that shape the built and natural environment. Students will develop an awareness of design as a collaborative process and address issues of environmental sustainability, social responsibility, human behavior, diversity, and community.
     
  • 425L
    Field Studies in Urbanism
    Field Studies in Urbanism
    The focus of ARCH 425 is on urban spaces, including parks, plazas, and urban(re)development projects. The field study of these urban spaces also provides an opportunity to understand the complex role of the architect-designer in the design of urban spaces. As a critical component of the urban environment, landscape architecture will be an important aspect of this class. These investigations will employ analytical methods, representational techniques, and speculative inquiry into the fundamental spatial and infra-structural elements of the city. Your research will be documented and communicated through mapping, plans/sections/elevations, diagrams, photo documentation and text.
     
  • 444
    Great Houses of Los Angeles
    Great Houses of Los Angeles
    Experience the work of seven noteworthy architects (Greene and Greene, Wright, Schindler, Neutra, Eames, Koenig, and Lautner) who practiced in southern California in the early to middle 20th century. By visiting their classic houses--often considered to be among the most innovative examples of housing design in the US - students gain a deep understanding of the design ideas and principles embedded in these settings. Students will study each house’s significance through critical readings that reveal the architect's ideas and the impact of these places on the evolution of architecture. Saturday site visits of ten southern California houses designed by these master architects allow students to study and interpret the meaning of the architect's intentions through direct experience. Site visits, selected readings, class discussion, and lectures are used to explore a range of issues. Course faculty Victor Regnier, FAIA, is a teacher, researcher, and architect who has focused his academic and professional life on the design of housing and community settings for older people. He holds a joint professorship between the USC School of Architecture and the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, which is the only joint appointment of this type in the US. He is also the only person to have achieved fellowship status in both the American Institute of Architects and the Gerontological Society of America. From 1992 until 1996 he served as USC’s Dean of the School of Architecture. Consistently one of the most popular courses in the School of Architecture, this course takes you behind the scenes in some of the most interesting houses in Los Angeles with a renowned expert in the field.
     
  • 514A
    Global History of Architecture I
    Global History of Architecture I

    A historical survey of global architecture, analyzed as a product of social, cultural, religious and political forces: 4500 BCE to 1500 CE.

     
  • 514B
    Global History of Architecture II
    Global History of Architecture II

    A historical survey of global architecture, analyzed as a product of social, cultural, religious and political forces.a: 4500 BCE to 1500 CE; b: 1500 CE to present.