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IDS19: Future Cities - Why a City Needs a Chief Design Officer

17 January 2019

Time: 9:00 AM, Thursday, January 17, 2019

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd, Toronto

This talk is part of the IDS Conference - a comprehensive 2-day symposium with a focus on 4 specific verticals Future Cities, Experience, Technology and Diversity & Talent.

Join Christopher Hawthorne, the City of Los Angeles’s Chief Design Officer in conversation with The Globe and Mail’s Alex Bozikovic to understand how cities are exploring new approaches to delivering design excellence in the public realm. As competition between leading cities grows, politicians are realizing the importance of investing in world-class architecture and design.


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Christopher Hawthorne, Chief of Design, City of Los Angeles

Christopher Hawthorne is the Chief Design Officer for the City of Los Angeles, a position appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Previously, he was the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times from 2004 to 2018. With Alanna Stang, Hawthorne is the author of “The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture.” and his writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Slate, Architectural Record, Architecture, Harvard Design Magazine. 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 U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University and the Southern California Institute of Architecture. A frequent collaborator with KCET-TV in Los Angeles, he wrote and directed “That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles,” which had its broadcast debut earlier this year, and received an L.A.-area Emmy Award for the 2016 KCET program “Third L.A. with Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne.”

Alex Bozikovic, Architecture Critic, The Globe and Mail

Alex Bozikovic is The Globe and Mail’s architecture critic. He has won a National Magazine Award and has also written for publications such as Azure, Dwell and Wallpaper. He is an author of Toronto Architecture: A City Guide (McClelland and Stewart, 2017).