Mina M. Chow

Los Angeles, California, United States


Mina M. Chow, AIA, NCARB Senior Lecturer/Filmmaker USC School of Architecture B.A. in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley M.Arch, Harvard University Professor Chow is interdisciplinary faculty, a licensed architect and filmmaker who teaches 1st year building science studio and professional practice at USC. She taught 1st and 2nd year design studio, architectural history and theory, and served as Faculty Coordinator for Executive Education. She is principal of LA design/multi-media and production firm mc² SPACES, which has completed several international design and multi-media projects. Professor Chow is interested in expanding the awareness of architecture and design by bringing compelling, character-driven stories to multi-media. Her awards include production grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the California Architectural Foundation, the USC Architectural Guild, the USC US-China Institute and the USC Ambassador's Fund. She has directed/produced films for the National Chapter and local chapters of the American Institute of Architects and USC; including the USC School of Architecture "100 Years of Architecture" film. Currently, she is finishing “FACE of a Nation” a feature documentary about the erosion of America’s international image in the loss of the World’s Fair dream. In 2012, she was on the team of the award-winning U.S. Pavilion team "Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good" at the Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2011, she created BRAVE NEW WORLD, a broadcast pilot about innovative architecture for the Mayor’s office in the city of Los Angeles. Professor Chow has worked for several innovative architecture firms including Eisenman Architects, and TsAO + McKOWN Architects in NYC. At UC Berkeley, she won the Peerless Award for Architectural Design, and was on the winning team for the Amerika Gedenkbibliothek International Library Design Competition. At Harvard University, she co-taught a graduate seminar with Diane Lewis and researched architectural theory with K. Michael Hays. She has collaborated on several design-media projects with the late Doug Michels of Ant Farm.