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Architecture & Ecriture

Friday 29 June – Sunday 8 July 2018

Architecture & Ecriture : 1968 - 2018

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 in the production of exciting new written and performative pieces.

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the events of May 68 in Paris. This year we will read and respond to a selection of texts published during the period preceding the uprising. These include famous essays such as Roland Barthes’ The Death of the Author originally published in English in Aspen magazine, Michel Foucault’s talk Of Other Spaces: Utopias and Heterotopias, or Guy Debord’s The Society of Spectacle and we will also aim to uncover writers which might not be part of traditional theoretical canons, either lesser known or forgotten. 

Modeled on the Parisian literary Salon, Architecture & Ecriture draws largely, though not exclusively, from French cultural studies and literature and is run in English. With invited guests from both London and Paris we will explore how writing, and in particular the mobile form of the essay, can contribute to the development of architectural, art and design thinking.

The Salon is a space of total immersion; we will make the most of what Paris has to offer by visiting carefully selected exhibitions and collections.

The Salon is also a place of exchange and discussion; your work will be discussed throughout a series of seminars and Architecture & Ecriture will culminate in a presentation of your final piece.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • You will be introduced to a wide range of texts and works by artists, writers and philosophers
  • Guided visits to some of the best exhibitions in Paris.
  • Workshops and talks given by guest writers, artists and designers.
  • Using writing as a medium for experimentation and exploration of space.
  • You will be able to develop your own personal research interests.
  • Writing, discussing and presenting your own work in front of an audience.
  • You will gain critical insight on your own writing.

For more details about the schedule, planned visits and contributors please visit 


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 AA Visiting School requires a fee of £725 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting Membership fee. If you already have a Visiting Membership, the total fee will be reduced automatically by £60 by the online payment system.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised.

Application deadline: 28 June 2018.

EARLY BIRDS: Applications received by 14 May 2018 are eligible to a 10% concession. Please email us at to request your concession code. 


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 and no previous architectural training is required.

Programme Head
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

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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

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