Paris Gandamaison, installation by Tadashi Kawamata at La Maréchalerie - centre d'art contemporain / ENSA-V, 2008. Photo Laetitia Tura.


Architecture & Ecriture

Friday 28 June – Sunday 7 July 2019

Architecture & Ecriture celebrates writing as a critical and creative practice. We welcome architects as well as writers, curators or artists interested in spatial theory and literature to join us in Paris for the production of exciting new written and performative pieces. The aim of AAVS PARIS is to engage with literature and philosophy and to explore how various forms of writing, and in particular the mobile form of the Essai, can contribute to the development of architectural and spatial thinking.

Modelled on the Parisian Literary Salon, Architecture & Ecriture draws largely from French cultural studies. Yet, given the international nature of the Visiting School programme and our global situation, most texts are read in their English translation(s) and we therefore pay particular attention to current developments in Translation Studies — we understand the gains as well as losses of working in a multilingual world. Architecture & Ecriture explores space through translation, a mobile space. The programme is articulated around a series of talks, seminars and writing workshops by guests from within and outside the AA as well as visits to selected exhibitions and archives.

This year we are pleased to announce our new partnership with the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Versailles, which will also host the first Biennale d’Architecture et Paysage d’Ile de France. This is anexcellent opportunity for us to engage with the topics of the Biennale.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • You will be introduced to a wide range of texts and works by architects, artists, writers and philosophers.
  • You will see take part in guided visits to some of the best exhibitions in Paris.
  • You will learn through workshops and talks given by guest writers 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. Please send a CV and accompanying letter with your application.

The deadline for applications is 14 June 2019. Please note that places are limited and early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

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 £795 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

Early bird places at a rate of £695 are available when booking before 3rd May 2019. Please contact the Visiting School Office for a concession code:

Fees do not include flights or accommodation. Should you require any help in finding suitable accommodation, please contact the office for 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. An interdisciplinary approach will be encouraged during the Visiting School.

Software Requirements: Adobe Creative Suite (Iincluding Word, Acrobat and InDesign) or equivalent word processing and desktop publishing softwares.


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 the AA School of Architecture, the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and Cork Centre for Architectural Education (UCC/CIT).


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Caroline Rabourdin

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Christopher Pierce

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