Don Kuhn-Choi

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Position Associate Professor
Phone 805.756.1479
Fax 805.756.1500
Office 05-216
Office Hours TTh 2:00-4:30pm
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Fall Courses 2012 ARCH 217 History of World Architecture
ARCH 420 Seminar in Arch History, Theory & Criticism
Winter Courses 2013 ARCH 218 History of World Architecture
ARCH 420 Seminar in Arch History, Theory & Criticism
Spring Courses 2013 TBD


Don Choi received his A.B. degree in economics from Princeton University, his M.Arch. degree from Rice University, and his Ph.D. in architectural history from the University of California, Berkeley. He has also received fellowships from the Japanese Ministry of Education to study at Kyoto University and from the Japan Foundation to fund research at Tokyo University.

Dr. Choi’s research focuses on the architectural history of the modern world. He is particularly interested in the constitution, manipulation, and exploitation of dyads such as traditional/modern, domestic/foreign, and local/international. At Berkeley, he wrote his dissertation, “Domesticated Modern: Hybrid Houses in Meiji Japan,” on the development of new types of residential buildings in nineteenth-century Japan. He is currently continuing his research on historical seismic architecture in Japan and on the role of architecture in the colonization of Hokkaido.

Since coming to Cal Poly in 2003, He has also developed interests in architectural preservation and the relationship between anime, architecture, and the imaginary landscapes. He is a member of the College Art Association, the Vernacular Architecture Forum, the Association for Asian Studies, and the Society of Architectural Historians.

At Cal Poly, Dr. Choi teaches courses in architectural history and design. In addition to offering a year-long survey of world architectural history, he teaches specialized lecture courses in Asian architecture and seminars on architectural history and theory.

Dr. Choi is the on-campus coordinator for the American Institute for Roman Culture study abroad program for fourth-year architecture students and currently is planning an off-campus program for Japan as well.


Ph.D., University of California Berkeley, 2003
M. Arch, Rice University, 1993
A.B., Princeton University, 1988

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Architecture, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, 2003-present
Lecturer, San Francisco State University, Spring 2002


Society of Architectural Historians
College Art Association
Association of Asian Studies
Vernacular Architecture Forum