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Tim Ainsworth Anstey


Institute of Architecture

Tim Anstey is a professor in architectural history, and since 2013 the director of AHO’s ph.d. Programme. Anstey studied architecture at the University of Bath in England, graduating with a ph.d. on the work of Leon Battista Alberti in 2000. 

At AHO he lead the research project Things that Move (Swedish Research Council, 2013–2016) and has contributed to the OCCAS projects The Printed and the Built (Norwegian Research Council FRPRO 2014–2017) and PRIARC Printing the Past. Architecture, print culture and uses of the past in modern Europe (EU Hera, 2016–2019). He now leads AHO’s activities in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions project TACK. Communities of Tacit Knowledge in Architecture (EU Horizon International Training Network, 2019–2023).

Anstey’s research interests lie at the interface between architectural authorship and technological process, with a special interest in how mediations in architecture effect those relationships. His books include Architecture and Authorship (Black Dog, 2007, co-edited with Katja Grillner and Rolf Hughes), Images of Egypt (Pax Forlag, 2018, co-edited with Mari Lending and Eirik Bøhn) and Things that move. A hinterland in architectural history (forthcoming MIT Press, 2023).  He was designer and co-curator for the exhibition Images of Egypt at the Museum of Cultural History, Oslo, 2019 and leads the research and curatorial team for the exhibition Warburg Models, which studies the role of architecture for the thought of Aby Warburg and his followers, shown at Guttormgaards Arkiv, Blaker, Norway (spring 2021) and touring to Hamburg, London and New York (2022 to 2024). Recent articles include Economies of the interior (Grey Room, Spring 2020), Moving memory: the buildings of the Warburg Institute (Kunst og Kultur, autumn 2020) and The tenant’s furniture. Re-inscribing the Warburg Institute (Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, forthcoming September, 2022).


  • Architectural History