Architecture & Ecriture

Friday 30 June – Sunday 9 July 2017

Architecture & Ecriture celebrates writing as a critical and creative practice. It welcomes architects as well as writers, curators or artists interested in spatial theory and literature to join in the production of exciting new written and performative pieces. 

Modeled on the Parisian literary Salon, Architecture & Ecriture will draw largely, though not exclusively, from French cultural studies and literature and will be run in English. With invited guests from both London and Paris we will explore how various forms of writing might contribute to the development of architectural, art and design thinking.
The Salon is a space of discussion and total immersion; it is also a space of exhibition and Architecture & Ecriture will culminate in a public event where you will be able to showcase your final work.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

• You will be introduced to a wide range of works by artists, writers and philosophers.
• You will see manuscripts and artist books first hand in some of the best archives in Paris.
• You will learn through workshops and talks given by guest writers, artists and designers.
• You will use writing as a medium for experimentation and exploration of space.
• You will be able to develop your own personal research interests.
• You will write, discuss and present your work in front of an audience.
• You will gain critical insight on your own writing.


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email for instructions to pay by bank transfer.
2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.
The deadline for applications is 15 June 2017
All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.Should you wish to enhance your membership, a Subscribing Membership is available at an additional £70 (£130 in total), full details of which can be found at:

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation can be arranged at the world famous Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris for a reasonable price. Contact the office for more information. Students need to bring their own laptops. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and professionals, as well as writers, curators or artists with an interest in spatial theory and literature.

Dr. Caroline Rabourdin is an architect and essayist living in London. She graduated from INSA Strasbourg, the Bartlett, and holds a PhD from Chelsea College of Arts, UAL. Her research interests include spatial theory, geometry, phenomenology, spatial literature and comparative literature. She teaches at undergrad and graduate level at the AA School of Architecture and is the director of the AA PARIS Visiting School, which celebrates writing as a critical and creative practice.



Programme Head
Caroline Rabourdin

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

Links & Downloads

Online application

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