Christopher Dessus

With a multidisciplinary background in the applied arts, Christopher 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. He worked as the architect and the production of the exhibitions of the villa Noailles, Hyères (architecture exhibition, Festival of Fashion and Photography and Design Parade). Recently he held the position of general Curator for the 4th Biennale of the Réseau des Maisons de l’Architecture. He deeply thinks that we need to implement the architecture as a transversal discipline, with overflows and unlimited connections.

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Claire Potter

Claire Potter  is author of the poetry books, Swallow (Five Islands Press), In Front of a Comma (Poets Union) and N’ombre (Vagabond). In 2006 she received a Young Poets Fellowship from the Poets Union and her poetry has been short-listed for numerous Australian literary awards, translated into French and Chinese. 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. Her teaching includes the University of New South Wales, Oxbridge L’Académie de Paris, the Poetry Society, Sciences Po and Parsons Paris, and she has translated the work of Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva. Her poetry has been widely anthologised and published in Poetry, The New Statesman, The London Review of Books, Best Australian Poems and Poetry Ireland Review amongst others. She lives in London where she works as a Tutor at the Architecture Association teaching writing and poetics.

Caroline Rabourdin

Caroline Rabourdin is an Architect and essayist living in London. Her research interests include Philosophy of perception, Philosophy of language, the Art of the Essay, Translation and Comparative Studies. She graduated from the INSA in Strasbourg, holds a Master in architectural design from the Bartlett, UCL, and a PhD from University of the Arts London, UAL. She has read at international conferences in Dublin, Reykjavik, Zurich , Lyon, and Harvard University and has published a number of essays, most recently “The expanding space of the train carriage: A phenomenological reading of Michel Butor’s La Modification’ in Spatial Modernities: Geography, Narrative, Imaginaries, edited by Johannes Riquet and Elizabeth Kollmann (2018). She is currently working on a book provisionally entitled ‘Spatial Translation: Essays on the Bilingual Body’, to be published with Routledge. Caroline teaches writing and design at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and the AA School of Architecture.

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Peg Rawes

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. She is the author of two key monographs, Space Geometry and Aesthetics: Through Kant and Towards Deleuze (2008) and Irigaray for Architects (2007) and two edited anthologies, Poetic Biopolitics: Practices of Relation in Architecture and the Arts (co-ed., 2016) and Architectural Relational Ecologies: Architecture, Nature and Subjectivity (2013), where architects are published alongside practitioners in the arts, environmental, human rights, social & medical research. Since 2010 her research has focused on social, architectural and material ecologies, or 'architectures of care' which resulted in a film production, Equal by Design (2016) in collaboration with Lone Star Productions.


Matthew Chrislip

Matthew Chrislip founded his independent practice, Dowland, in 2008 in New York City. The practice is scalable, multidisciplinary, and multiform, operating alongside various other professional activities, expanding and contracting to either consume or create space as needed. In medium, the range of output spans graphic design, products, clothing, environments, research, writing, and education.

Matthew has a BFA in Graphic Design and French Studies from Brigham Young University (2007) and an MFA in Graphic Design from the Yale School of Art (2013). He is currently a Year Leader in MA Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins, and he has taught and lectured at the Parsons School of Design, the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and the Winchester School of Art.


Previous Contributors



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.


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.


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 has worked with Caroline Rabourdin to develop the graphic identity of the Paris Visiting School.

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Gabriel Rockhill

Gabriel Rockhill is a philosopher, cultural critic and political theorist. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University and Founding Director of the Atelier de Théorie Critique at the Sorbonne and the EHESS. His recent books include Counter-History of the Present: Untimely Interrogations into Globalization, Technology, Democracy (2017), Interventions in Contemporary Thought: History, Politics, Aesthetics (2016) and Radical History & the Politics of Art  (2014). In addition to his scholarly work, he has been actively engaged in extra-academic activities in the art and activist worlds, as well as a regular contributor to public intellectual debate.

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.


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.