Rachel Strickland is a documentary filmmaker, architect, and time-based media designer, whose research and art practice has focused on cinematic dimensions of the sense of place, animate and ephemeral dimensions of architectural space, and new paradigms for narrative construction in digital media. Strickland earned a Master of Architecture degree at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a concentration in cinéma vérité filmmaking. Because she was first interested in using cinematic media for capturing the sense of places, she has spent many years pursuing a way of making movies that would be more like architecture than narrative, and probing polylinear possibilities inherent in digital interactive media.
She has taught film and video production at MIT, University of California Santa Cruz, Southern California Institute of Architecture, and University of California Berkeley. She has been employed as a research videographer by Atari, Apple Computer, and Sun Microsystems, and she directed experimental cinema projects at Interval Research Corporation. As Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts, Strickland teaches Spontaneous Cinema, a video production course that invites architecture and design students to engage in field observation and to experiment with the language of cinematic construction as a process of design research.