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Architecture & Ecriture

Friday 29 June – Sunday 8 July 2018

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 writing, and in particular the mobile form of the essay, might 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.


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.

EARLY BIRDS: Applications received by 1 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

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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