Esther Choi MDes ’08 Founded Office Hours
Esther Choi MDes ’08 founded Office Hours in 2020. Office Hours is a non-profit global mentoring initiative that aims to make the fields of architecture and design more equitable by supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students and design creatives. In its 75-minute bimonthly sessions, Office Hours provides free information and professional advice that address the barriers to entry and success for BIPOC design creatives in an intimate format. Office Hours operates as an independently-led project under the fiscal sponsorship of The Architectural League of New York. It has received media coverage in Architizer, Architectural Digest, Dezeen, and the Architect’s Newspaper. Testimonials attest to the need to expand this intersectional initiative for racial equity—the first of its kind in the history of the design fields—at a time when the next generation needs it most.