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 been employed as a research videographer by Atari, Apple Computer, and Sun Microsystems, and she directed experimental cinema projects at Interval Research Corporation. She has taught film and video production at MIT, University of California Santa Cruz, Southern California Institute of Architecture, University of California Berkeley, and California College of the Arts.