Aug 8, 2018
Lila Allen is managing
editor of Metropolis Magazine, a monthly magazine about
architecture and design. She has written extensively about
art, design and popular culture in publications ranging from
Architectural Record to Kinder Journal. Lila served as an Assistant
Creative Manager at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and as Public
Programs Coordinator at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. She
is a former editor-in-chief of Charlotte Viewpoint, a civic and
cultural magazine exploring metropolitan ideas and art. She is a
recipient of the 2016 Monotype Award for Excellence in Design
Criticism and the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award. She earned a B.A. in
Art History from Davidson College and an M.A. in Design Research,
Writing and Criticism from the School of Visual Arts in New
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in
magazine editing and writing, architecture and design, and living
and working in New York City.
IN THIS EPISODE
- Lila describes Metropolis
Magazine and what the magazine seeks to do.
explains what a managing editor does and
what she loves about her work.
- She defines good design and why she
is drawn to it.
- She talks about whether the magazine looks
critically at what it publishes.
- Lila reveals what different schools of
design have in common.
- She identifies which cities are getting the idea
of a Metropolis right.
- She shares what urban design
trends are exciting to her.
- She reflects on her childhood and
growing up in Charlotte.
- Lila talks about how Davidson College shaped her
- She explains how giving tours at the Bechtler
Museum of Modern Art helped develop her writing.
- She shares what serving as editor-in-chief of
Charlotte Viewpoint taught her.
- She reveals why she moved to New
York and what she loves about the city.
- Lila talks about working at The Metropolitan
Museum of Art and her work now.
- She discusses her master's degree thesis and the
meaning of 'zaniness.'
- She considers the connection between zaniness and
- She shares why she is attracted to pop
culture and what magazines she reads.
- Lila remembers her father and
reflects on this point in her career.
plus Mark Peres' Personal Word Essay: A Star is
To learn more, visit On Life and Meaning