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Christopher Hawthorne

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Christopher Hawthorne has been the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times since 2004. Before coming to The Times, he was architecture critic for Slate and a frequent contributor to the New York Times. He is the author, with Alanna Stang, of “The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture.” Hawthorne grew up in Berkeley and has a bachelor’s degree from Yale, where he readied himself for a career in criticism by obsessing over the design flaws in his dormitory, designed by Eero Saarinen.

Recent Articles

  • 'Citizenfour's' paranoid spaces echoed in other Oscar nominees

    'Citizenfour's' paranoid spaces echoed in other Oscar nominees

    The hotel room where most of the Laura Poitras documentary "Citizenfour" takes place is small, decorated only with a bed and some furniture by the Danish modernist Arne Jacobsen (or at least some persuasive knockoffs). But it's packed with enough anxieties about government surveillance and the...

  • Christopher Hawthorne's early Broad museum tour: the tweets

    Christopher Hawthorne's early Broad museum tour: the tweets

    Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne took an early tour through the under-construction Broad museum on Friday and tweeted the experience. Get an early look at the structure through his eyes: Elizabeth Diller inside the Broad this morning. The museum will be open for a ticketed,...

  • An in-progress look at the Broad museum

    An in-progress look at the Broad museum

    Architect Elizabeth Diller, dressed mostly in sober New York black, hard hat in hand, stood on the Grand Avenue sidewalk Friday morning in front of the Broad museum, which she designed with her New York firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and is set to open Sept. 20. Was she giving an architectural...

  • An in-progress look at the Broad museum

    An in-progress look at the Broad museum

    Architect Elizabeth Diller, dressed mostly in sober New York black, hard hat in hand, stood on the Grand Avenue sidewalk Friday morning in front of the Broad museum, which she designed with her New York firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and is set to open Sept. 20. Was she giving an architectural...

  • Bulldoze first, apologize later: a true L.A. landmark

    Bulldoze first, apologize later: a true L.A. landmark

    It was beginning to feel like a demolition derby. On Tuesday, word started to spread that the canary-yellow 1937 house in Cheviot Hills where the writer Ray Bradbury lived for more than 50 years was being knocked down. The person razing it to make room for a new house on the site was the Pritzker...

  • Huntington's new visitor center strikes studiously neutral pose

    Huntington's new visitor center strikes studiously neutral pose

    Across the country, museums are pursuing vast and pricey expansion plans, sometimes chasing more square footage or higher-wattage architectural celebrity than seems entirely wise. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Barnes Foundation and New York's Whitney Museum, to name just three, are...

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