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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 at our partner institution Paris College of Art on July 8th 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 take part in guided visits at the Palais de Tokyo and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
• 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.

Speakers include
Dr. Kate Briggs
Writer and translator of two volumes of lecture and seminar notes by Roland Barthes, The Preparation of the Novel and How to Live Together: Novelistic Simulations of Some Everyday Spaces both published by Columbia University Press in 2010 and 2013 respectively. She is also the author of Exercise in Pathetic Criticism (Information as Material, 2011), On Reading as an Alternation of Flights and Perchings (NO Press, 2013). Kate lectures at the American University in Paris and the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.

Prof. Kristen Kreider
Interdisciplinary artist and Professor of Fine Art at Goldsmith University, London. Her research stems from an interest in the poetics of thought, its materialization as form, and a concern with how artworks relate to the world. She has published poetry, essays, journal articles and a single-authored monograph entitled Poetics & Place: The Architecture of Sign, Subject and Site (IB Tauris, 2014). Her work with architect James O’Leary has been shown at Tate Britain, Whitechapel Gallery and the Royal Academy as well as in the Lisbon Architecture Triennale and the Istanbul Biennial.

Rosa Nussbaum
London-based graphic designer with an independent studio working primarily for individuals and institutions in the field of architecture and design publishing. Formerly a designer at the Architectural Association Print Studio. Most recently Rosa has overseen the design and production of Peter Märkli's monograph Everything one invents is true (Quart Verlag, 2017) and is working with Caroline Rabourdin to develop the graphic identity of the Paris Visiting School.


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.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2017. Please note that places are limited and early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. A CV or a portfolio is not required but a brief letter of intention is desirable.

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.

Paris College of Art
15 Rue Fénelon
75010 Paris

Paris College of Art, Librairie Volume, Architectures Cree


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:

To apply for the Early Bird Concession before 15 May 2017 please email:

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 all. Current and past architecture students, phd candidates and professionals, as well as writers, curators or artists with an interest in spatial theory and literature are all welcome. We intend for the Visiting School to be multidisciplinary and applicants do not need to have previous architectural education.

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




Programme Head
Dr Caroline Rabourdin

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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