Occidental College Mayor Eric Garcetti and Christopher Hawthorne

Occidental College Mayor Eric Garcetti and Christopher Hawthorne

Today architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne announced that he is leaving his position at the Los Angeles Times, a job he has held for more than a decade, for a new position in city government: the chief design officer for Los Angeles.

“Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has asked me to fill a new post called chief design officer for the city,” Hawthorne writes in a piece published in the Times this morning. “In that role, beginning next month, I’ll be working in the mayor’s office to raise the quality of public architecture and urban design across the city — and the level of civic conversation about those subjects.”

I’ve decided to leave the L.A. Times for a newly created position at City Hall: https://t.co/n0eVaP3Cb6