Anne Hultzsch


Anne Hultzsch is an architect and historian specialising in the histories of architectural print cultures and visual perception. She is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the OCCAS project The Printed and the Built. Anne studied architecture at the Technical University of Munich and La Sapienza in Rome and completed a master in architectural history at The Bartlett, University College London (UCL) in 2006. In her PhD (UCL, 2011), Anne investigated architectural descriptions in travel writings, mapping out the perceptual modes of Grand Tourists and their successors by linking them to the foundations of British Empiricism.

Author of Architecture, Travellers and Writers: Constructing Histories of Perception 1640-1950 (Legenda, 2014), Anne has published broadly on architectural writing and perception since the early modern period up to the 20th century. She is committee member and web editor of the European Architectural History Network and coordinates the EAHN Interest Group ‘Word & Image’ ( She is also a member of Mapping.Crit.Arch: Architectural Criticism XXth and XXIst centuries, a Cartography (, a research network funded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche, which aims at developing a field of research on architectural criticism and its history. Anne has taught architectural history and theory in the School of History, Queen Mary University of London, as well as at The Bartlett, UCL, where she is still running an MArch seminar on architectural print cultures.

Her current research project ‘Architecture in the Public Eye’ explores the roles that words and images have played in the dissemination of architecture in the British illustrated press of the mid 19th century. Focusing on the mass-reproduction of the built in print, the project traces the relationship between general-interest publications and specialised architectural magazines within the context of the rise of a civic, and increasingly visually literate public.


Selected publications

The Printed and the Built: Architecture, Print Culture, and Public Debate in the Nineteenth Century, co-edited with Mari Hvattum (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2018)

‘Building Word Image: Printing Architecture 1800-1950’, a special collection in Architectural Histories, co-edited with Catalina Mejía Moreno, December 2015

Architecture, Travellers and Writers: Constructing Histories of Perception 1640-1950 (Legenda, 2014)

‘Architectural History from Eye-level: Nikolaus Pevsner’s “Treasure Hunts” in the Architectural Review, 1942’, The Journal of Architecture, 19.3 (August 2014)

‘Pevsner vs. Colomina: Word and Image on the Page’, in Forty Ways to Think About Architecture: Architectural History & Theory Today, ed. Iain Borden, Murray Fraser and Barbara Penner (John Wiley, 2014)

‘The “Artificial Sceane”: The Re-Creation of Italian Architecture in John Evelyn’s Diary”, in Concepts of Creativity in Seventeenth-Century England, ed. Rebecca Herissone and Alan Howard (Boydell, 2013)

30-Second Architecture, ed. Edward Denison (contributing author, Ivy, 2013)

‘The Isolating Still Focus: Photography and Aesthetic Perception in Jacob Burckhardt’s Writings’, in Nineteenth-Century Photographs and Architecture: Documenting History, Charting Progress, and Exploring the World, ed. Micheline Nilsen (Ashgate, 2012)

‘Thinking in Metaphor: Figurative Conceptualising in John Evelyn’s Diary and John Ruskin’s Stones of Venice’, in Writing Design: Words and Objects, ed. Grace Lees-Maffei (Berg, 2011)

The Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture (contributing author, Phaidon, 2008)


Originally posted Jan 12, 2013. Latest revision Jan 23, 2017.

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