Esther Sze-Wing Cheung – artist, architect, designer, educator – creates open-ended explorations of multi-dimensional bridges between real and virtual worlds. Her experiments of various scales (architecture, urbanism, interiors, furniture, graphics and video) utilize interfaces as escapes from reality to virtuality and/or virtuality to reality.
At Eyebeam in collaboration with David Jimison, Esther exhibited Otherly Engagements, an iterative series of heterotopias that use symbolism and technology to elicit a sense of the auratic and sacred. As the head digital consultant for the artist Madeline Gins, Esther employs a variety of technologies to assist in the design of Healing Fun Houses, which embody Architectural Procedures as described in The Architectural Body by Arakawa and Madeline Gins.
Esther has taught design studios at the University of Waterloo, and has been a guest lecturer and design critic at Columbia University, Hong Kong University and Pratt Institute. She received her Masters of Architecture from the University of Waterloo, where she completed her thesis on technological visions of suburban futures, and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University where she was awarded the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize for her research in computational architecture.
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