Anthony Raynsford

Department Chair, Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor




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Doctor of Philosophy, University of Chicago, IL
Master of Architecture, University of California - Los Angeles, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Semiotics, Brown University, RI

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. Revising standard accounts of modernism's break with the past, he contends that preindustrial urban forms have always been central to the ideals and images of modernist urbanism. The modernist 'discovery' of the archaic city did not, as some authors have suggested, first emerge as a means of softening the edges of earlier functionalism. Rather, his book argues, this figure of the archaic city was instrumental in defining the essence of modernist urbanism from the beginning. Related to this project are a number of works in progress, including a monograph on the writings of urban planner, Kevin Lynch.

Dr. Raynsford received his PhD from the University of Chicago and his M.Arch. from UCLA. He has taught previously in the art history departments of Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. Publications include, "Swarm of the Metropolis: Passenger Circulation at Grand Central Terminal and the Ideology of the Crowd Aesthetic," (Journal of Architectural Education) and "Embodying Urban Design" (in Embodied Utopias). He has presented a number of papers on the intellectual and cultural history of urban design at the conferences of such organizations as the International Planning History Society and the College Art Association. His teaching interests include the histories of modern architecture and urban design; the representations of the built environment in painting, film and photography; the historiography of modern art; and aesthetic theories of the 19th and 20th centuries.