Visiting Lectureship of the Theory of Architecture
Dr. Rebecca Choi
Main Areas of Research

Rebecca’s research examines architecture’s relationship to the changing landscape of American race relations between 1940—1970, paying particular attention to how social movements from Civil Rights to Black Power and the particular elements that help define those movements - anti-racist protests, boycotts, sit-ins and insurrections - impacted the field of architecture.

Between 1964 and 1968, protests against anti-Black prejudice and police brutality transformed cities across the United States. The so-called “race riots” of the 1960s produced a diverse groundswell of political responses. They accelerated the already mobilizing Civil Rights and Black Power movements, but also provided the seeds for even more discriminatory measures in the name of “law and order” that would soon follow. The effects of this post-riot reality amplified the formation subversive acts of resistance against the grain of a white-led architecture and design world. Her doctoral project, Black Architectures: Race, Pedagogy and Practice, 1957–68 investigated the aftermaths of three “race riots” of the 1960s, and followed responses from the architecture community through university curricula and city governance, as well as acts of tactical resistance led by Black architects who repurposed architectural tools and methods in order to imagine alternative lifeworlds.

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