Associate Director at JSA / MIXdesign
Co-Director at Friends of Gadsden Creek
2020 Fellow at Carolina Youth Action Project

Seb Choe (b. 1994) is a gender-fluid Korean-American community organizer from Washington State, based in New York. Choe’s multimedia practice produces books, built-installations, music and video works that warp corporate design strategies into queer, optimistic proposals for new status quos. Choe is Associate Director at JSA/MIXdesign, an award-winning New York-based design firm, where they oversee a branch of the office that conducts inclusive design research for building types including art museums, university campuses and restrooms.

With a B.A in Architecture from Columbia University, Choe works at the intersection of architecture and activism. With JSA/MIXdesign, they have directed Stalled!, an interdisciplinary project that creates inclusive restroom prototypes for a wide range of embodiments. Choe facilitates with Friends of Gadsden Creek, a grassroots anti-gentrification campaign in Charleston, SC. Choe has led design on a community park project with the Mohawk Valley Collective in Fort Plain, NY. Choe has worked with the Rikers Education Program, facilitating workshops in music production and urban planning with young folks detained at Rikers Island.


installation: 2021 venice biennale
blog post: queens museum
essay: avery shorts
lecture: urban design forum
exhibition: Redux Contemporary Art Center

In development phase for Still Life, a hybrid teen center / micro-housing co-op life-path being piloted in Fort Plain, NY and Holualoa, HI. 

Co-teaching “Storybuilding: Inclusive Design and Public Health” at Yale School of Architecture (cross-listed with Public Health).

may 2022: broken spear release on noumenal loom
june 2022: friends of gadsden creek court hearing against WestEdge/SCDHEC
fall 2022: undergraduate seminar - “noncompliance: activist design approaches”


“access in the atrium”
queens museum: year of uncertainty, 2021

“the fight to save gadsden creek and dismantle environmental racism”
avery shorts, 2021

“house of commons”
Pin-Up Magazine, 2020

“love letter to noncompliance”
avery shorts, 2020

"madder movie: film + essay”
Journal of Art Criticism, 2017

“twirl collapse drone hawk”
multimedia poem
co-proyect, 2020

"body whirlpools"
Poems By New Yorkers, 2016


“hacking architecture: interview with seb choe”
Representations of Difference, 2021

“rave salon”
armondo, 2020

“how public toilets became a peculiarly british battleground”
vice uk, 2020

“the power of having a voice”
Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 2020

“seb choe”
Coeval Magazine, 2019

“artist insight: seb choe”
space-ship, 2018

"rikers education program"
interview in book
MAX Journal, SAIC, 2018

"the prince of love, film premiere”
Editorial Magazine, 2015

"neoseeker - my hand, album review + interview”
Rare Candy, 2015

"uda ox"
music interview
Writing in Revers, 2012


“unstalled: inclusive bathroom design”
Architect Mag, 2022

“rethinking architecture and trans spaces”
Bwog, 2021

“poolside - vera mist ft. broken spear”
Extra Chill, 2020

“rave salon”
Charleston City Paper, 2020

“seb choe”
angel.beams, 2020

“how architecture could help us adapt to the pandemic”
the new york times, 2020

“where do we go from here?”
99% invisible, 2020

“charleston pride”
Charleston City Paper, 2019

"truth pieces"
music + video premiere
AQNB, Electric Sound of Joy, 2019

“Stalled!: The Video - AIA Innovation Award”
AIA, 2018

"angel hill, film premiere to 26K fans"
OneTreeHilled, 2017

"silent energy single premiere”
space-ship, 2018

"broken spear - true"
album review
Seattle Weekly, 2016

"beats, rhymes, & justice"
education program
Vice , 2016

"the life that chose she"
short doc. film premiere
GrungeCake, ThatsEnuff, Rare Candy, Slant, 2014

"hiro kone / oteiza"
music video premiere
Dummy Mag, 2014


“intent to impact: approaches to community-based design” AIA New York, 2021

“friends of gadsden creek”
Gullah Geechee Environmental & Energy Conference, 2021

“restroom revolution! designing restrooms for everyone”
AIA Utah Annual Conference, 2021

“democratizing the public realm”
urban design forum, next new york series, 2021

"single sex institutions and the racial implications of gendered space"
barnard college, trans / racial architectures series, 2021

“stalled! project with susan stryker”
mills college, trans speaker series, 2020

“annual student program”
architectural league of new york, 2020

“body politics: social equity and inclusive public space”
aia conference, 2020

“body politics: social equity and inclusive public space”
architectural league of new york, 2020

“gender neutral design: restrooms and beyond”
aia chicago, 2020

"on | being read"
visual art in book
Shelf Shelf, 2019

"equity x design: mapping equitable workplaces”
Center for Architecture, Hunter Douglas, 2018


University of Michigan, 2022
UPenn, 2022
Pratt Institute, 2021
Kent State University, 2021
Columbia GSAPP x CCNY, 2021
2x4, 2020


“tidal futures: friends of gadsden creek”
Redux Contemporary Art Center, 2021

“your restroom is a battleground”
Venice Biennale, 2021

"co-:space to share"
arch. work in exhibition
Barnard Columbia Department of Architecture, 2018

“CSArtists photo exhibition”
CSArtists, 2017

"new year show: architecture
Spectator, 2017


“Outstanding Artist, 2021 US Water Prize”
US Water Alliance

“CJLC 2017, visual art”
Columbia Journal of Literary Criticism, 2017

“TKTNK 2017, architecture”
TKTNK, 2017

“Seb Choe, architecture”
Ratrock Magazine + Print, 2016

"NERTM meditation walk", video”
NYC Parks, 2015

"montreal: a spatial investigation, short documentary”
Kollectif, 2015

"from monumental to transitory, short film”
Columbia University GSAPP, 2015

"skinship ii, 1st place photo contest”
Adorama, 2015

"corpse exploitation"
research paper award
Samuel Eells Literary Foundation, 2014