Projects per year
Anne Elisabeth Toft
Anne Elisabeth Toft, architect and PhD in architectural history and theory, specializes in architectural representation. Her PhD dissertation (2006) theorizes on architectural photography and the relationship between architecture and photography. Toft is an associate professor with tenure at the Aarhus School of Architecture. She has participated in group and solo exhibitions on architecture and architectural photography in Denmark and abroad, and she has lectured and taught at several international universities and schools of architecture.
Toft has curated exhibitions on architecture and photography, and she has written extensively about architecture, architectural education, architectural photography, and the visual arts. In 2014, she co-founded Photobook Week Aarhus, the first photo festival in Denmark devoted to the photobook and its discourse. Her most recent book is Questions of Representations in Architecture, edited with Christina Capetillo, and published by Arkitektskolens Forlag in 2015.
Toft’s work as a researcher, teacher, and curator focuses on architecture and its representation. She is particularly interested in the epistemology of architecture, scopic regimes, and didactics, and also in the way photography and photobooks mediate architecture. Other key interests include artist’s books and the mediality of architectural exhibitions, archives, and collections. Her research draws on inspiration from many different disciplines, and it operates with an expanded concept of discourse where methods and theories are brought in from architecture, the visual arts, philosophy, psychology, visual culture, critical theory, and cultural analysis.
Toft has been a member of the council of the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) and editor of the EAAE News Sheet. She is a member of the European Society for the History of Photography, a member of the international research committee for the iphi awards, and a member of the jury of the Danish Society of Artists. Furthermore, she is on the editorial board of the Nordic Journal of Architectural Research (NJAR). Since 2015 she has been president of the Nordic Association of Architectural Research (NAF/NAAR).
CURRICULUM VITAE (short version)
Anne Elisabeth Toft, associate professor, architect MAA, PhD
Educational Background and Academic Appointments
Graduated in architecture from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Department 3E, Copenhagen, Denmark
MÜLLER & TOFT – an experimental laboratory for architecture, Copenhagen
Teaching assistant and academic assistant at Aarhus School of Architecture
Editor of the EAAE News Sheet (European Association for Architectural Education)
PhD fellow at the Institute for Architecture and Aesthetics, Aarhus School of Architecture
Consultant for VELUX (project employee): VELUX Award: Light of Tomorrow
Awarded a PhD degree in architecture based on the thesis:
Architecture and Photography: A Study if the Relationship between Presentation and Representation
Assistant professor at Aarhus School of Architecture
Associate professor at Aarhus School of Architecture
Guest Lecturer and Guest Critic
Invited guest lecturer and guest critic at various institutions in Denmark and abroad, including:
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen, Denmark; The Royal Danish Library, Copenhagen, Denmark; Design School Kolding, Kolding, Denmark; Köln International School of Design (KISD), Cologne, Germany; University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; The Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow, Scotland; School of Architecture and the Visual Arts University of East London, Great Britain; School of Architecture, Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Beijing, China; The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, Great Britain.
National and International Guest Teaching
Invited guest teacher, holder of workshops, and long-term visiting lecturer at several Danish and international educational institutions, including:
Metropolis Laboratory 2008 / Metropolis Biennale 2007–17, Copenhagen, Denmark; Köln International School of Design (KISD), Cologne, Germany; CUAAD, School of Architecture, University of Guadalajara, Mexico; School of Architecture and the Visual Arts, University of East London, Great Britain; School of Architecture, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China; University of Technology, Sydney, Australia; DKAD (Danish Research Schools within Architecture and Design), School of Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Academic Leadership, Commissions of Trust, Committees and Boards, etc.
Council member of the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE)
Member of ‘The School Council’, Aarhus School of Architecture
Member of an international ‘think tank’ in Ulm, Germany, set up with the purpose of rebranding the International Forum für Gestaltung Ulm (IFG Ulm), Germany
EAAE Project Leader for the EAAE Network: Architecture and Its Representations
Member of ‘The School Council’, Aarhus School of Architecture
Member of the board of the Nordic Association of Architectural Research (NAF/NAAR)
Jury member for the EAAE Prize 2011–2012: Writings in Architectural Education: Research by Design
Invited by Rotor (Belgian curatorial team) to develop a project for the Oslo Architecture Triennale, Oslo, Norway: 19 September – 1 December 2013
Member of the jury of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Society of Artists (deputy)
President of the Nordic Association of Architectural Research (NAF/NAAR)
Member of the jury of The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Society of Artists
Member of the appointed team of external examiners for Fine Arts Programmes in Denmark under the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science
Member of the appointed team of external examiners for Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University
2019 - present
Member of the international research committee for the iphi awards
Organization of Conferences, Symposia, Seminars, and Lecture Series
Organization of several international conferences, seminars, symposia, and lecture series on the subjects architecture and architectural representation, including:
The international research symposium: Questions of Representations in Architecture (2011), School of Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark, for DKAD and EAAE; PhD master class: Strategies of Representation: Architecture and Photography, Film and Models (2011), School of Architecture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark; international research conference: 2016 NAF Symposium The Production of Knowledge in Architecture by PhD Research in the Nordic Countries (2016), KTH Stockholm, Sweden; international research conference: 2017 NAF Symposium Reflecting Histories and Directing Futures (2017), NMBU, Ås and AHO, Oslo, Norway; international research conference: 2018 NAF Symposium Built Environment and Architecture as a Resource (2018), Seinäjoki University Centre, Seinäjoki, Finland.
Participation in Exhibitions
Participation in judged exhibitions in Denmark and abroad with my own work, including:
Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling (KE) 1995, Charlottenborgs Forårsudstilling 1996 and 1997, Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition 1998 (The Mound, Edinburgh, Great Britain), and a solo exhibition at the Danish Architecture Center, Dobbeltlokalitet: Arkitektur + Fotografi (1999–2000).
Participation by invitation in exhibitions with my own work or the work of my students, including:
Oslo Architecture Triennale, Behind the Green Door, Oslo, Norway, 19 September – 1 December 2013, invited by: Rotor, curatorial team; The GREAT Small – Great Gender-Sensitive Design and Small Anti-Gender Design, Hong Kong, 9 October – 7 December 2014, organized by: International Gender Design Network (iGDN) and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).
Curating of several research-based exhibitions on architecture and architectural photography, including:
Nine Walks, 15 November 2013, Oslo Architecture Triennale, Oslo, Norway; Beijing/Aarhus: Mapping the Void I + II, 25 February – 31 March 2014, Power Station of Art, Design Shanghai 2013, Shanghai, China; Plug-In, 7 May – 21 May 2014, DAC/Arkitekternes Hus, Copenhagen, Denmark; Photobook Week Aarhus 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 – International Photobook Festival, Aarhus, Denmark; Danish Cool: Keld Helmer-Petersen, Photography and the Photobook, 13 August – 18 September 2016, The Danish Cultural Center, 798 International Arts District, Beijing, China; The ARoS Collection, 4 October – 1 November 2018, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus, Denmark.
Travel and Project Grants
Frøken Marie Månssons Legat
Margot og Thorvald Dreyers Fond
Contributions to Books and Journals
Articles and interviews in journals and books on architecture, architectural education, architectural photography, and visual culture.
Research Output per year
Publications: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Preface/postscript › Research
Publications: Non-textual form › Exhibition › Research
Publications: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Book chapter › Research
Publications: Book / Anthology / Thesis / Report › Anthology › Research › peer-review
Activities per year
Censor ved Københavns Universitet, Institut for Kunst- og Kulturvidenskab: Censor på speciale (Event)Anne Elisabeth Toft (Member)
Activity: Membership › Membership in review committee
Activity: Talk or presentation › Lecture and oral contribution