This summer 2017, we are delighted to welcome writer and translator Dr. Kate Briggs, poet and Professor of Fine Art Kristen Kreider, bookbinder Laurel Parker, and graphic designer Rosa Nussbaum. The AA Paris Visiting School is directed by Dr. Caroline Rabourdin, lecturer at the AA School of Architecture.


Dr Kate Briggs

Writer and translator, Kate lectures at the American University in Paris and the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. Prior to this she was a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Dublin (Trinity College) where she devised courses for and taught on Masters programs in Literary Translation and Comparative Literature.

Kate is the translator of two volumes of lecture and seminar notes by Roland Barthes, The Preparation of the Novel and How to Live Together: Novelistic Simulations of Some Everyday Spaces both published by Columbia University Press in 2010 and 2013 respectively. She is also the author of Exercise in Pathetic Criticism (Information as Material, 2011), On Reading as an Alternation of Flights and Perchings (NO Press, 2013) and co-editor of The Nabokov Paper (Information as Material, 2013), an experiment in novel-reading which also produced an exhibition at Shandy Hall, Coxwold (UK). Current projects include On Translation and Table-Making, a long essay about the practice of translation, and The Story in It / Story the Story in It, a record of her reading of Henry James.


Professor Kristen Kreider

Writer, interdisciplinary artist and Professor of Fine Art and director of the MPhil & PhD Programme in Art at Goldsmith University, London. Her research stems from an interest in the poetics of thought, its materialization as form, and a concern with how artworks relate to the world. She has published poetry, essays, journal articles and a single-authored monograph entitled Poetics & Place: The Architecture of Sign, Subject and Site (IB Tauris, 2014). 

In collaboration with the architect James O’Leary, Kristen’s artistic practice engages with sites of architectural and cultural interest. Combining aspects of performance, installation, documentary, poetry, fiction and image-making, the work of Kreider + O’Leary have made work in response to prisons, military sites, film locations, landscape gardens, desert environments, urban districts and gallery contexts both in the UK and internationally. Their work has been shown at Tate Britain, Whitechapel Gallery and the Royal Academy as well as in the Lisbon Architecture Triennale and the Istanbul Biennial. Their book Falling (2014) was published by Copy Press, Field Poetics is forthcoming from Eros Press, and they are currently working on a large-scale project, Un-Governable Spaces, engaging with five sites of community and resistance globally.


Laurel Parker

Laurel Parker is the artistic director of Laurel Parker Book, a studio in Paris which designs and produces artists’ books and bespoke presentation objects. Since 2006, her studio has collaborated with European book publishers such as Christophe Daviet-Thery, mfc Michèle Didier, Rosascape, Toluca Editions, Picto Foundation, Éditions Louis Vuitton, and the Éditions Xavier Barral. She teaches in the Master of ecological design program at the Pôle Supérieur de Design Nouvelle Aquitaine and at the École Européenne Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne in Rennes. She is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and has a BFA from Tufts University.


Rosa Nussbaum

London-based graphic designer with an independent studio working primarily for individuals and institutions in the field of architecture and design publishing. Formerly a designer at the Architectural Association Print Studio. Most recently Rosa has overseen the design and production of Peter Märkli's monograph Everything one invents is true (Quart Verlag, 2017) and is working with Caroline Rabourdin to develop the graphic identity of the Paris Visiting School.

Dr Caroline Rabourdin

Architect and essayist living in London. Caroline has taught at the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture, Chelsea College of Arts and the University of Greenwich. She currently teaches History and Theory as well as Media Studies at the AA School of Architecture. Her research interests include Philosophy of perception, Philosophy of language, the Art of the Essay and performative writing, Embodied language and in particular the multilingual body. She has recently completed her PhD at the University of the Arts London, titled ‘Le Sens de la Translation: Essays on the Bilingual Body.’



Previous Contributors



Professor Mireille Calle Gruber

Writer and Professor at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III, editor of Michel Butor’s Œuvres Complètes (Paris: La Différence, 2006) and co-author with Hélène Cixous of Photos de Racines (Paris: Des Femmes, 1994).

Wayne Daly

London-based graphic designer focusing on publishing, editorial and visual identity. Co-founder of Bedford Press, an imprint at the AA School of Architecture, which publishes books and ebooks at the intersection of architecture, visual art, graphic design and theory.


Didier Faustino

Artist and architect, diploma unit master at the AA and chief editor of French architectural and design magazine Architectures Créé since 2015. Faustino explores the relationship between body and space, through architectural interventions and installations.

Sojung Jun

South-Korean artist in residence at the Villa Vassilieff, recipient of the Pernod Ricard Fellowship. Jun’s current work on synaesthesia takes literature as a point of departure; her next project is based on “Le Paysan de Paris” by surrealist writer Louis Aragon.