Christy Anderson

Sidney Smith Hall, Room 6049, 100 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Early Modern architecture
  • Renaissance and Baroque architecture


My interests in architecture include both the close study of buildings in their physical and cultural settings as well as the more theoretical interpretation of architectural experience and design methods. I am currently working on the meanings of materials in European architecture and a related project on the varieties of architectural experience in the early modern era. I have published on architectural photography, British and Italian buildings, and the history of the architectural treatise. Future projects include the history of Scandinavian buildings and architecture in the global Renaissance.

I co-organize the project Canada Constructed: Architecture, Landscape, History.

Selected Publications

  • The Matter of Renaissance Art: Materials, Technologies, Meanings, edited collection with A. Dunlop (Art History, Tulane) and P. Smith (History, Columbia) Manchester University Press, 2014.
  • “Live words and Experience in Early Modern Architecture” Architecture, Art and Identity in Venice and its Territories, 1450–1750. Essays in honour of Deborah Howard.Volume II, edited by Naby Avcioglu and Emma Jones. Ashgate Publishing, 2014.
  • Renaissance Architecture (series: Oxford History of Art) Oxford University Press, 2013.
  • Inigo Jones and the Classical Tradition. Cambridge University Press, October 2006 [hardcover], November 2010 [paperback]. 289 pp.
  • The Built Surface. Vol. 1: Architecture and the Pictorial Arts from Antiquity to the Enlightenment. C. Anderson, ed. Ashgate Press, London, 2002, 296 pp.


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PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993

Administrative Service

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies, 2017–Dec 2020