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Ms Anne Hultzsch
Wates House 22
Gordon Street
London
WC1H 0QB
Appointment
  • UCL Teaching Fellow
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography

I am an architectural historian and architect by training. I studied architecture at the Technical University Munich and at La Sapienza in Roma, have practiced in Rotterdam and Vienna before gaining a masters and PhD in architectural history at The Bartlett, UCL. 

Between 2014 and 2018 I have been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Oslo School of Architecture working on the mid-19th century illustrated press. I have published widely on architectural print cultures and visual perception from the 17th to the early 20th centuries, recently with a focus on 19th-century Britain. I have taught architectural history at The Bartlett, UCL, as well as Queen Mary, University of London, and have lectured widely, eg at The Oslo School of Architecture, the University of Manchester, or Oxford Brooks. 

I am a executive committee member and Communications Officer of the European Architectural History Network and a General Editor in their open access online journal Architectural Histories

Research Summary

I am an architect and historian specialising in the histories of architectural print cultures and visual perception. As member of the project The Printed and the Built at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, I have undertaken research into the role that architecture played in mid-nineteenth century British periodicals, with a specific focus on the Illustrated London News as well as the emerging genre of the architectural magazine.

I have published broadly on architectural writing and perception since the early modern period up to the early 20th century. In 2014, I have set up the interest group ‘Word and Image’ within the European Architectural History Network bringing together scholars working on verbal and visual representations of building and cities. I am a member of Mapping.Crit.Arch: Architectural Criticism 20th and 21st Centuries, a research network funded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche.

My book Architecture, Travellers and Writers: Constructing Histories of Perception 1640-1950 (2014) explores how the ways in which buildings are looked at, and made sense of, change over the course of time. By looking at a selection of travel writings spanning four centuries, it proposes that it is language, the description of architecture, which offers clues about the historical development of perception. Texts investigated include, among others, the first edition of Nikolaus Pevsner’s Buildings of England, an 1855 art guide by Swiss art historian Jacob Burckhardt, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe (1719) as well as the 17th-century diary of John Evelyn. 

Teaching Summary

In my teaching, I emphasise the link between the history and theory of architecture and its material object, the built in the widest sense. On the other hand, I always build on the idea of a cognitive history of architecture that takes into account the whole social, cultural and material context in which people of the past have designed, used and critiqued architecture. Including site visits to buildings, open spaces as well as archives and exhibitions whenever possible, I have taught at the The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), the School of History, Queen Mary University of London as well as The Oslo School of Architecture. I have a decade of teaching experience on undergraduate and postgraduate level, including dissertation supervision. Subjects taught include a wide range of topics besides the history of British architecture since c.1600, such as architectural print cultures, the history of vision and perception, architectural description, architecture and travel, the Grand Tour, architecture in the 18th-century novel, routes and circuits in the landscape garden, concepts of metaphor, semiology and architecture, the history of curiosity, 17th-century natural history and architecture, the British country house, architecture and early photography, modern concepts of space as well as architecture and war, in particular the London Blitz, among others. 

Academic Background
2011 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Architecture History and Theory University College London
2006 MSc Master of Science – Architecture History and Theory University College London
2003 Dipl. Ing. Diplom- Ingenieur – Architecture Technische Universitat München
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