Christopher Hawthorne

Columnist

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

  • 'Frank Gehry' at LACMA is well framed but still needs build-out

    'Frank Gehry' at LACMA is well framed but still needs build-out

    Has Stephanie Barron pulled off a curatorial miracle? Not quite. In reshaping the Pompidou Center's major Frank Gehry retrospective for a run at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she is senior curator, Barron hasn't managed to magically solve all the show's problems. Her version of the...

  • Mobility Plan 2035 may be the cornerstone of a new L.A.

    Mobility Plan 2035 may be the cornerstone of a new L.A.

    The Los Angeles City Council last month approved a sweeping new framework, known as Mobility Plan 2035, for the design of the city's major streets. Twelve council members voted for the plan — which will add scores of new bike and bus-only lanes, among other changes — and two against it. Even accounting...

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