13th Voice

13th Voice

Frances Anderton is the host of DnA: Design and Architecture, monthly on radio station KCRW and 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 and a regular contributor to the New York Times and many other publications on Los Angeles design and architecture.  She has been an on-air commentator on TV and documentary programs about architecture; the latest is Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman, released in 2009.


The LA/AIA Chapter has awarded her for her work in highlighting the LA design and architecture scene and DnA has been featured in the Los Angeles Times magazine as well as Los Angeles, Angeleno and Metropolis magazines.

 Ms. Anderton studied architecture at University College London (Bartlett School), and then traveled to Jaipur, India, to study the Haveli courtyard house for a Royal Society of Town Planning paper. As associate editor of The Architectural Review magazine (one of the oldest architecture publications) her first assignment was to produce a special issue on Los Angeles.

She fell in love with Los Angeles, and moved there in 1991 to take up the post of editor of L.A. Architect, a monthly journal for the Los Angeles architectural community, published by the LA Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. On hearing the LA-focused discussion program, Which Way, LA? she was drawn to KCRW, and volunteered there before moving into a staff position. She wed her love of design and architecture to the medium of radio when she started hosting DnA: Design and Architecture in April 2002.