Peter Choi is currently a design principal at designcamp MoonPark architects (dmp) in Seoul, where he has worked since 2012. Choi trained at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, LLP and Richard Meier and Partners — both in New York City — before moving to Seoul in 2006, where he was the sole design principal at JINA architects before joining dmp.
When Choi arrived in Seoul, he had very little knowledge of the Korean language and had to rely primarily on visual communication to carry out his tasks. "It became very evident that the rigorous training I received at Cornell with the emphasis on drawing would be my primary tool in communicating with both my architects and clients," says Choi.
Of his time at Cornell, Choi says, "One of the things I remember most about Cornell architecture are the professors — those quirky, sometimes scary, and at times legendary professors. Their voices never leave you. The professors' passion and incorrigible curiosity for architecture is contagious — maybe that's why I have started teaching while practicing in Korea. Over the past seven years, I have taught architecture design studios at the Departments of Architecture at both Seoul National University and Hanyang University. Every semester, I find myself hearing the voices of my professors in Ithaca when teaching my students."
Choi is also actively involved in his community: He is a sitting member of the Seoul City Architecture Committee, which reviews the design of new projects in the city; and does monthly segments on architecture on Korea's only English-broadcasting radio station.
After completing his B.Arch. in 1990, Choi received a M.Arch.II from Harvard GSD in 1994. Choi is registered in New York while practicing in Seoul.