Danielle Choi is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She teaches in the first-year MLA-I core studio sequence and leads design research seminars.
Choi’s research concerns infrastructure and the public realm in the political economy of American urbanization. At the turn of the 20th century, large-scale infrastructure and public parks in American cities co-authored multiple narratives of environmental control, crisis management, and regional boundaries. Currently, work on these issues concerns the city of Chicago’s sanitary waterworks and the Illinois River Valley, as well as the politics of contemporary landscape preservation in living environments.
Choi was the 2016-2017 Daniel Urban Kiley Fellow in Landscape Architecture at the GSD. Prior to joining the GSD, she taught studio in urban design at Columbia University. Choi is a licensed landscape architect in New York State, and was a senior associate at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates in New York City, where she led strategy and design of complex urban landscapes and managed large, multi-disciplinary teams. Choi also worked as a designer at Topotek in Berlin. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in art history from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the GSD, receiving the Jacob Weidenmann graduation award for excellence in design.