Raynsford, Anthony

Raynsford, Anthony

Assistant Professor, Art and Art History


Preferred: anthony.raynsford@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-4796

Anthony Raynsford is an architectural and urban design historian, whose interdisciplinary research interests bridge across cultural, intellectual and art history, particularly of the 20th century. His teaching seeks to develop a critical understanding of the interlocking social and aesthetic issues faced by architects and designers, both currently and historically. Professor Raynsford's current book project is entitled, Modernism and the Archaic City: The Pre-Industrial Past in the Imagination of 20th Century Urban Design. Related to this project are also a number of works in progress, including a monograph on the writings of urban planner, Kevin Lynch.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Chicago, 2005


Professor Raynsford received his PhD from the University of Chicago and his M.Arch. from UCLA. Previously, he has taught courses in art and architectural history at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. His publications include "Swarm of the Metropolis: Passenger Circulation at Grand Central Terminal and the Ideology of the Crowd Aesthetic" and "Mirrors within the Wall: Enlightenment Authority and the Dialectics of Visual Desire in Ledoux's Project for the Saline de Chaux."