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Christopher Hawthorne

Christopher Hawthorne was the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times from 2004 to March 2018. 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.
Why I'm leaving The Times for a job at City Hall

So much hangs in the balance as L.A. tries to establish a coherent post-suburban identity and deal with housing and homelessness crises, among other challenges. That's why I will be working in the mayor’s office to raise the quality of public architecture and design across the city.

Richard Weinstein, who jumped from New York City politics to architecture deanship at UCLA, dies at 85

The former urban design advisor to New York City Mayor John Lindsay became dean of the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning at UCLA and was an influential voice in the planning of cities. He was, architect Thom Mayne said, “the last of an era.”

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