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

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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 Versailles 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 an 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.

For more information please visit


1) You can make an application by emailing

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 27 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.


Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles 
5 Avenue de Sceaux
78006 Versailles


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.


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 Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), Cork Centre for Architectural Education (UCC/CIT) and the AA School of Architecture where she heads the AA Visiting School Paris programme.

Claire Potter is author of the poetry books, Swallow (Five Islands Press), In Front of a Comma (Poets Union) and N’ombre (Vagabond). She holds a Masters in psychanalyse et médecine from Paris Denis Diderot where she wrote her thesis on psychoanalysis and tragedy, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Infant Observation from the Tavistock. She has translated the work of Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva and her poetry has been widely published. She teaches writing and poetics at the AA School of Architecture and on the AA Visiting School Paris programme.

Programme Assistant
Telmo Escapil-Inchauspé

Prof. Peg Rawes
Matthew Chrislip
Christopher Dessus
Marie-Hélène Fabre
Antoine Lefebvre

Christopher Dessus has a multidisciplinary background in the applied arts and envisions architecture as a permeable discipline: from design to visual arts, including publishing and scenography. He graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles, after a year of exchange at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Montreal. In 2015, he edited Pli, architecture and publishing magazine, whose last issue, Pli 04 - Matter (s) was released in September 2018. Christopher will be talking about his experience in publishing.

Peg Rawes is Professor of Architecture and Philosophy at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Trained in art history and philosophy, her research and teaching focus on material, political, technological and ecological histories and theories of contemporary architecture and art. Peg will be talking to us about Agnes Dene’s Wheatfield and her edited ontology Architectural Relational Ecologies: Architecture, Nature and Subjectivity (2013).

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Caroline Rabourdin

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.