A Conversation With L.A.’s Chief Design Officer Christopher Hawthorne

A Conversation With L.A.’s Chief Design Officer Christopher Hawthorne

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By William Hanley / Photos by Iwan Baan
The city’s chief design officer explains why Los Angeles is America’s creative capital and what the mayor is doing to make housing more affordable.

Christopher Hawthorne made a surprising career change. Last year, after nearly 14 years as the architecture critic at the Los Angeles Times, he took a job under Mayor Eric Garcetti as the city’s first chief design officer. Hawthorne had been one of the few architecture critics left at a major U.S. daily and gave a civic-minded rationale for his departure. 

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