Yeju & Chat is a multi-disciplinary collaborative practice between designers/artists Yeju Choi and Chat Travieso, based in New York City. With backgrounds in art, architecture, urban design, graphic design, and education, Yeju & Chat has been creating site-specific, community-based, and socially engaged public art projects since 2013. Yeju & Chat is a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Fellow in Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design.
Yeju Choi is a designer and educator based in New York City and co-founder/collaborator of Yeju & Chat. She runs a multi-disciplinary design practice Nowhere Office focusing on projects in civic, public, and cultural realms across various mediums including printed matter, identities, websites, and site-specific, community-based public art. She has been teaching at Yale School of Art since 2012 and has been a visiting critic, held workshops and lectures at Cornell University, Columbia University, Rutgers University, The New School, and Seoul National University among others, in graphic design and urban design departments. She served as a public design fellow at the Center for Urban Pedagogy and a designer-in-residence for Performa. Her work has been recognized and published internationally by AIGA, Artplace, Type Directors Club, :Output award, Graphic, Étapes, etc. She holds a B.F.A from Seoul National University and an M.F.A from Yale University where she received Norman Joondeph Prize and Phelps Berdan Award.
Chat Travieso is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer, and educator and co-founder/collaborator of Yeju & Chat. He creates community-engaged and research-based projects around issues of social justice and the built environment. His past work has been commissioned by or organized in collaboration with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Architectural League of New York, Design Trust for Public Space, the NYC Department of Transportation, WHEDco, the Elsewhere Museum, and the Cambridge Arts Council. His artist residencies include LMCC Process Space and Smack Mellon Studio Program. His recent honors include a USA YoungArts Fellowship, a Graham Foundation Grant, and a NYSCA Independent Projects Grant. He currently teaches at Queens College CUNY and is a Visiting Critic at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). He holds a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an M.Arch from the Yale School of Architecture.