Director: Marina Lathouri

Course Tutors: Tim Benton, Brian Hatton, John Palmesino, Caroline Rabourdin, Douglas Spencer

Visiting Tutors: Tina Di Carlo, Fabrizio Gallanti

Visiting speakers: Jorella Andrews, Shumon Basar, David Cunningham, Keller Easterling, Marco Ferrari, David Knight, Nadir Lahiji, Massimiliano Molona, Louis Moreno, Siri Nergaard, Benjamin Noys, Sam Jacob, Francesco Jodice, Manuel Orazi, Alessandra Ponte, Michelangelo Sabatino, Maria Theodorou, Anthony Vidler, Sven-Olov Wallenstein, Ines Weizman, Thanos Zartaloudis


Marina Lathouri (Director) studied architecture and philosophy of art and aesthetics. She directs the Graduate Programme in the History and Critical Thinking at the AA and lectures at Cambridge University. She has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania and is Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Navarra, Spain and the Universidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile. Her current interests lie in the conjunction of historiography and modernity, architecture and writing, the city and political philosophy. Most recently, she co-authored Intimate Metropolis: Urban Subjects in the Modern City (Routledge 2008) and City Cultures: Contemporary Positions on the City (AA Publications 2010) and has published numerous articles.


Tim Benton is Professor of Art History (Emeritus) at the Open University, England and has served as Visiting Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, New York (2007) and at the Bard Graduate Center (2003). He is a noted scholar of the works of Le Corbusier but has also worked on Italian architecture in the 1930s and on Art Deco. He was elected to the Conseil d’Administration of the Fondation Le Corbusier from 2008 to 2015. Professor Benton has co-curated several major exhibitions including Art and Power (Hayward Gallery,1995), Art Deco 1910-1939 (V&A, 2003), Modernism Designing a New World 1918-1939 (V&A, 2006) Modern Taste Art Deco in Paris 1910-1935 (Madrid, 2015) Recent publications include The Rhetoric of Modernism; Le Corbusier as lecturer, (Basel, 2009) Lc Foto : Le Corbusier : Secret Photographer (Zürich, 2013). More recently, he has been working with the Association Cap Moderne on the restoration of the villa E-1027, Le Corbusier’s cabanon and the Étoile de mer and Unités de camping at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, publishing a book Le Corbusier peintre à Cap Martin (Paris 2015), which was awarded the Prix du Livre de la Méditérrannée.


Brian Hatton has taught on many AA courses since the 1980s. He is a Graham Foundation grant recipient and was 2009 Senior Mellon Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. He has published in AA Files, Architectural Review,  Art Monthly,  ARQ, Lotus and other journals, and recently in the book  ‘This Thing Called Theory’.


John Palmesino is an architect and urbanist and has founded Territorial Agency, an independent organisation that combines research and action for sustainable spatial transformations. Recent projects include the Museum of Oil with Greenpeace and Anthropocene Observatory. He is Unit Master at Diploma 4, and convenes the MA in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths.


Caroline Rabourdin is an architect and essayist. She graduated from the INSA Strasbourg, the Bartlett (UCL) and has completed her PhD Thesis at Chelsea College of Arts (UAL). She has practiced in various architectural offices in Paris and London and has taught at the ESA in Paris, UAL, as well as the University of Greenwich. She is now lecturer at the Architectural Association in Media Studies, History & Theory, and for the MA in History and Critical Thinking. She is also the director of the Paris AA Visiting School for architects’ writing practice.


Douglas Spencer has studied architectural history, cultural studies, and critical theory. His recent writing includes contributions to the collections The Missed Encounter of Architecture with Philosophy (Bloomsbury, 2014), Architecture Against the Post-Political (Routledge, 2014) and New Geographies 6: Grounding Metabolism (Harvard 2014). He is a regular contributor to the journal Radical Philosophy and has also written for The Journal of Architecture, Domus, Culture Machine, and Telos. He recently published The Architecture of Neoliberalism (Bloomsbury, 2016).


Visiting Tutors


Tina Di Carlo, a former curator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and a Harvard and Courtauld graduate, specializes in modern and contemporary art, architecture and design. She recently completed her doctoral dissertation on the 1988 Deconstructivist Architecture exhibition at MoMA, to be published as part of the Writing Architecture series through MIT Press. She has been the Head of Events and Exhibitions at the School of Architecture at Princeton University.


Fabrizio Gallanti has wide-ranging and international experience in architectural design, education, publication, and exhibitions. He was the Associate Director Programs at the Canadian Centre of Architecture in Montreal and the first recipient of the Mellon Senior Fellow at Princeton University School of Architecture (2014-15) for the research project Las Ciudades del Boom: Economic growth, urban life and architecture in the Latin American city, 1989 – 2014. He has conducted several cycles of lectures and international seminars: multiplicity. Una collezione di luoghi, Triennale di Milano, Italy, (2000-2001), Urbania, Bologna, Italy (2009), ArchiLiFE, Le LiFE, Saint Nazaire, France (2010), Learning from…,  Canadian Centre for Architecture (2011/2013). He curates exhibitions and frequently writes for international architecture magazines and journals.




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