Frances Anderton
Frances Anderton

Frances Anderton is the host of DnA: Design and Architecture, monthly on KCRW and She is also a full-time producer of KCRW's national and local current affairs shows, To The Point, and Which Way, LA?.

In addition, Ms. Anderton is the L.A. Editor for Dwell Magazine. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times and many other publications on Los Angeles design and architecture. Frances is a frequent speaker and moderator at cultural institutions, including REDCAT, the Hammer UCLA Museum, the Skirball Institute, the LA Forum, and the A+D Museum; she is on the Advisory Board of the L.A. Forum.


LOCATION: Santa Monica

WHAT INSPIRES ME: Angeleno attitude

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY (from it all) IN MY AREA: Santa Monica Swim Center

FAVORITE WRITERS: Michael Connelly, Aravind Ariga, Christian Lander, Marjane Satrapi


MOST OVER-HYPED ARTIST: Instagram (okay, maybe not an artist per se but they say it makes photos into art)


WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: When I was growing up in Georgian Bath, I fantasized about living in a 1960s apartment with sliding patio doors. Now I live in one (co-designed by Frank Gehry), and it’s six blocks from the ocean, and it’s cycling distance from work, and it’s walking distance from my daughter’s school and shops and the farmers market, and it has good neighbors, and it has a soulful pepper tree shading a deck that’s large enough to entertain friends and is home to three ravens, a dray of squirrels and a visiting possum. What’s not to love?

ART YOU MAKE (IF YOU MAKE ANY...): Handmade stuff: cut-paper posters, ceramics, home décor, crazy cakes

Recent Articles
How the Gun Market Was Won
How the Gun Market Was Won
Frances Anderton examines the role of guns in American culture since Samuel Colt pioneered the assembly line production of firearms in the early 19th century.
Do Book Stores and Video Shops Build Community?
Do Book Stores and Video Shops Build Community?
Frances Anderton takes a look at specialist stores selling books or DVDS or records, the idiosyncratic havens that dot the Southland and add rich character to their neighborhoods.
Frank Gehry, Closet Classicist
Frank Gehry, Closet Classicist
Frances Anderton suggests Frank Gehry's humanistic approach to architecture has roots in classicism. The author sits down with the renowned architect to talk about this dimension to his work.
Women of Substance: Julia Morgan And L.A.'s Female Architects
Women of Substance: Julia Morgan And L.A.'s Female Architects
On Sept. 28, the work of contemporary Angeleno women architects will be on display at the Annenberg Beach House. Frances Anderton discusses the female voice in architecture and the legacy of pioneering architect Julia Morgan with some of the show's architects.
Art Should Be Entertainment: In Defense of Jeffrey Deitch
Art Should Be Entertainment: In Defense of Jeffrey Deitch
Jeffrey Deitch, a former banker turned art dealer, turns heads at MOCA by striving to make it more populist.
Jennifer Golub and Let There Be Dragons
Jennifer Golub and Let There Be Dragons
Jennifer Golub and her LA advertising agency partners created Let There Be Dragons, an independent content studio on wheels, to curate concepts that cross all mediums.
Architects X Artists 1: A Match Made in Venice
Architects X Artists 1: A Match Made in Venice
In LA, there exists a tension between artists and architects consisting of mutual attraction, rivalry, and disdain. Tibby Rothman decided to create a show to tap into the mutual attraction part of the relationship.
The Mother of Us All: Esther McCoy
The Mother of Us All: Esther McCoy
In the last few years, there has been a resurgence of interest in Esther McCoy and her role in shaping California architecture history. Who was she and why the interest now? Frances Anderton examines this former Ocean Park resident and influential author.
Expo Line to a Changing L.A.
Expo Line to a Changing L.A.
With the recent launch of a Light Rail Line from La Cienega-Jefferson to downtown, soon to reach Culver City and someday Colorado and 4th Streets, we get an exciting trip back to the future for mass transit. It's a new idea that's really an old one: a train to the sea.
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