Raynsford, Anthony

Raynsford, Anthony

Associate 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, Cities for an 'Open Society': The Aesthetic Politics of American Urban Design, 1940-1975. Related to this project are also a number of papers and essays, including a recent article on the politics of the British Townscape movement.


  • 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: “Urban contrast and Neo-Toryism: On the Social and Political Symbolism of The Architectural Review’s Townscape Campaign”; “Simulating Spatial Experience in the People’s Berkeley: The Urban Design Experiments of Donald Appleyard and Kenneth Craik”; "Civic Art in an Age of Cultural Relativism: The Aesthetic Origins of Kevin Lynch's Image of the City"; and "Swarm of the Metropolis: Passenger Circulation at Grand Central Terminal and the Ideology of the Crowd Aesthetic."