Christopher Hawthorne on Muck Rack

Christopher Hawthorne Verified

Los Angeles
Architecture Critic — LA Times
As seen in:  LA Times, New York Times, Slate

A Corinthian column that held up the palmleaf roof of a nutburger stand / Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times

'Constructing Worlds' exhibit at Barbican explores buildings as neighbors — Thirty years ago, the Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri complained that pictures of well-known buildings were often as conventional and flat as mediocre still-life paintings "but executed out of doors." Those images, he wrote, "remind me of photographs of architectural models rather than realized buildings.

Comprehensive 'Gehry' retrospective in Paris draws sociological blank — The ground-floor gallery at the Pompidou Center, where curators Frédéric Migayrou and Aurélien Lemonier have installed "Frank Gehry," a major retrospective that runs through Jan. 26, looks right out through floor-to-ceiling windows toward the sidewalks of the 4th Arrondissement.

Paris' Louis Vuitton Foundation epitomizes Frank Gehry's genius — The personal or private museum, built to hold the blue-chip paintings of a wealthy collector, is more of an American phenomenon than a European one. In Los Angeles alone we have the examples of the Getty, the Huntington and the Hammer to look to, with Eli Broad's Bunker Hill museum ready to join their ranks next year.

Florida Polytechnic University, Designed by Santiago Calatrava — Santiago Calatrava, FAIA, has had a tough couple of years. What should have been a glamorous and career-capping commission for the 63-year-old Spanish architect, the new transit hub at the rebuilt World Trade Center, has instead been plagued by extensive delays and massive budget overruns.

Architecture review: Michael Maltzan tries to make density appealing at One Santa Fe — Every once in a while a piece of architecture comes along that is emblematic of a moment in a city's architectural and urban development. One Santa Fe, a 438-unit apartment complex in the arts district by Michael Maltzan Architecture, is that kind of building.

In Paris, a passion for all things Frank Gehry — Frank Gehry has a significant history in Paris -- and something of a mixed record. He lived here for a year in the early 1960s, working for the French architect Andre Remondet as well as the planner Robert Auzelle. As an established and indeed world-famous architect he returned to Paris to design the American Center, which opened in 1994.

Renzo Piano defends academy museum plans — A few minutes after sitting down to talk with Renzo Piano in his large, airy Paris studio Tuesday, I asked the architect about the progress of the film museum he is designing for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wilshire Boulevard. "The academy?" he asked. "Ha.

Metro's Union Station master plan a significant shift — Union Station celebrated its 75th anniversary in May. This month we're getting a glimpse - encouraging if opaque - of what its next 75 years might look like. A nearly finalized master plan by L.A.

Fall marks season of revival for architecture in Los Angeles — Architecture is not just slow. It's a hurry-up-and-wait profession at its core, chancy and contingent, as vulnerable to the cold feet of clients as the whims of capital markets. During the Great Recession, as financing dried up and confidence cracked, the construction of important new buildings in Los Angeles ground nearly to a halt.

Arts Preview - Los Angeles Times

More Articles →
Nov 22, 2014

RT @roryhyde: I went on Monocle Radio with Andrew Tuck to talk about indoor public spaces. Proposed a museum only open at night.…

Nov 22, 2014

Mark Jackson, just now, on the Bucks: "They're long, they're lengthy..."

Nov 21, 2014

RT @GustavoArellano: It's a sad day in America when Reagan/Dubya were more Aztlanista than Obama. My latest piece for @GuardianUS—enjoy!…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @LangeAlexandra: It’s just shocking that crossing with the light, in a crosswalk, we are all so vulnerable + there are no consequences for drivers.

Nov 20, 2014

RT @shelbygrad: Nice photo: Young people watch Obama immigration speech on Alvarado St. (LAT)

Nov 20, 2014

RT @CityLab: Young urbanites are Major League Soccer's most loyal demographic. They want their stadiums downtown

Nov 20, 2014

RT @neeratanden: Beauty of US is we r always redefining what it means to b American.Those who've tried to narrow that defin-rather than expand it-always lose

Learn how to connect with Christopher on social media by joining Muck Rack Pro

Are You a Journalist?

Make a Portfolio

Create a free Muck Rack account to customize your profile and upload a portfolio of your best work.

Share This Profile