Caroline Rabourdin

Title to be Specified*, preceded by 'An Incomplete Log of the Lost Conversations between the Peasant Poet and the Metropolitan Gypsy'

Series: Tutor Lecture Series
Date: Tuesday 17 January 2017
Time: 18:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 63 mins

*Jacques Derrida, ‘Title to be Specified’ in Parages, trans. Tom Conley, (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2011)

In his essay ‘Translation from Drawings to Buildings’, Robin Evans compares the translation of words to the translation of geometrical figures from one point in space to another. Yet, the substratum across which they travel, he adds, is not isotropic, and words get ‘bent, broken or lost on the way’. The presentation will operate a series of ‘translatory motions’ between geometry, linguistics, phenomenology and literature.

Caroline Rabourdin is an architect and essayist living in London. She graduated from INSA Strasbourg, the Bartlett, and holds a PhD from Chelsea College of Arts, UAL. Her research interests include spatial theory, geometry, phenomenology, spatial literature and comparative literature. She teaches at undergrad and graduate level at the AA School of Architecture and is the director of the AA PARIS Visiting School, which celebrates writing as a critical and creative practice.

Image: Ferdinand de Saussure, Cours de linguistique Générale (Paris: Editions Payot & Rivages, 1916)

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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 Certificate), 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.