Christopher Hawthorne is the Chief Design Officer for the city of Los Angeles, a position appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Prior to joining City Hall, he was architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times from 2004 to early 2018. With Alanna Stang, he is the author of "The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture" (Princeton Architectural Press). His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Slate, the Washington Post and many other publications. He is professor of the practice at Occidental College, where since 2015 he has directed the Third Los Angeles Project, a series of public conversations about architecture, urban planning, mobility and demographic change in Southern California. Hawthorne has also taught at the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University and the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He collaborates frequently with KCET-TV in Los Angeles, winning an L.A.-area Emmy Award for the 2016 program "Third L.A. with Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne" and writing and directing "That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles," an hour-long documentary that had its broadcast debut earlier this year. His other honors include the Bradford Williams Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects and a Residency in Criticism at the American Academy in Rome. A third-generation Californian, he grew up in Berkeley and holds a bachelor's degree from Yale, where he studied political science and architectural history.