Paris “Groupe: Mobile” exhibition mural at the Villa Vassilieff


Architecture & Ecriture

Friday 1 – Sunday 10 July 2016

Architecture & Ecriture aims to celebrate 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. We will explore how various forms of writing, in particular the form of the Essai as set out by Montaigne, might contribute to the development of architectural thinking. 

Architecture & Ecriture is hosted by the Villa Vassilieff, former home and studio of artist Marie Vassilieff, who welcomed avant-garde artists to her kitchen, including Picasso, Jean Cocteau, and Alfred Jarry. Today the Villa opens its doors again to artists in residence, art events and exhibitions.

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 works by multifaceted writer Michel Butor, by philosopher of perception Merleau-Ponty, and by Surrealist writers.
• You will see manuscripts and artist books first hand, at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, as well as from the smaller collection Immanence.
• You will write and also learn to present your work in front of an audience.
• You will gain critical insight on your own writing.
• Speakers/readers include :

Prof. Mireille Calle-Gruber, writer and Professor at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III, editor of Michel Butor’s “Œuvres Complètes” (Paris: La Différence, 2006) and co-author with Hélène Cixous of “Photos de Racines” (Paris : Des Femmes, 1994).

Wayne Daly, London-based graphic designer focusing on publishing, editorial and visual identity. Co-founder of Bedford Press, an imprint at the AA School of Architecture, which publishes books and ebooks at the intersection of architecture, visual art, graphic design and theory.

Didier Faustino, artist and architect, diploma unit master at the AA and chief editor of French architectural and design magazine “Architectures Créé” since 2015. Faustino explores the relationship between body and space, through architectural interventions and installations. His latest exhibitions include “Des Corps et des Astres”, in Grenoble, and “Undomesticated Places” at the AA.

Sojung Jun, South-Korean artist in residence at the Villa, recipient of the Pernod Ricard Fellowship. Jun’s current work on synaesthesia takes literature as a point of departure; her next project is based on “Le Paysan de Paris” by surrealist writer Louis Aragon.

Dr. Kristen Kreider, writer, interdisciplinary artist and Director of the practice-based PhD Programme, English Department at Royal Holloway, University of London, author of “Poetics & Place: The Architecture of Sign, Subjects and Site” (I.B. Tauris, January 2014) and co-author with James O’Leary of “Falling” (Copy Press, 2014).

Villa Vassileff
Chemin de Montpartnasse
21 Avenue du Maine
75 015 Paris


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 28 June 2016.

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.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation. Accommodation can be booked with the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, which offers individual rooms for participants. Please contact the programme director Caroline Rabourdin for more information at

Students should 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 AA PARIS Visiting School is pleased to offer the option to take the programme for three days from 2-4th July inclusive (Saturday to Monday) for those who are unable attend the entire programme. This option will allow you to take part in workshops by Bedford Press co-founder Wayne Daly and poet Dr. Kristen Kreider as well attend the presentation by Prof. Mireille Calle Gruber. The fee for the three day option is £360, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. Please contact the Visiting School office at regarding payment.

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.

Programme Director
Caroline Rabourdin

Caroline Rabourdin is an architect and essayist living in London. She graduated from INSA Strasbourg, and holds a Masters in Architectural Design from the Bartlett, UCL. She has taught at the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture, Chelsea College of Arts and the University of Greenwich before teaching at the AA. She has recently submitted her PhD, at University of the Arts London, titled “Le Sens de la Translation: Essays on the Bilingual Body”.


Programme Director 
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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