Los Angeles has appointed its very own, and first ever, Chief Design Officer. Christopher Hawthorne, veteran architecture critic from the Los Angeles Times, will depart from his role at the publication to take up this new position.
LA joins Helsinki and several other metropolises that are turning to design to tackle growing urban challenges from housing to climate change.
He announced the move in a formal note issued in the Los Angeles Times on 12 March. Hawthorne explains that he’s not venturing far, literally just across the street to City Hall, where he will fill up this new post offered to him by the city’s mayor Eric Garcetti.
Hawthorne will be working on enhancing the quality of the city’s architecture and urban design, as well as raising the level of civic awareness plus conversations surrounding such topics. He hinted at the possibility of design competitions, public forums, and campaigns to encourage young, emerging talents to take up civic projects.
You can read his full note here. Hawthorne is expected to begin this new role next month.