Tim Benton

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Architect's House (designed by Ernst May). Photograph by Tim Benton. CON_B04373_F002_028. The Courtauld Institute of Art. CC-BY-4.0. Architect's House. Photograph by Tim Benton. CON B04373 F002 028. The Courtauld Institute of Art. CC-BY-4.0.png
Architect’s House (designed by Ernst May). Photograph by Tim Benton. CON_B04373_F002_028. The Courtauld Institute of Art. CC-BY-4.0.

Tim Benton (born 21 June 1945, Rome [1] ) is Professor Emeritus in the History of Art at the Open University in the UK [2] as well as a writer and broadcaster. He has also taught at Columbia University, Williams College, and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. [3] He has written extensively on the modernist architect Le Corbusier. [4] [5] A large collection of photographs by Tim Benton is held in the Courtauld Institute of Art's Conway Library archive, [6] [7] which is currently undergoing a digitisation project. [8]



Tim Benton was educated at the University of Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. [9]

Professional memberships

Benton is a member of the Association for the preservation of "E-1027" designed by Eileen Gray with murals added by Le Corbusier. [5] The site includes Le Corbusier's holiday home ("Cabanon de vacances") and the Etoile de Mer restaurant, in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France. [5]


His writings include:

Exhibitions and exhibition catalogues

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