Director: Marina Lathouri

Staff: Mark Cousins, John Palmesino, Caroline Rabourdin, Douglas Spencer Visiting Tutors: Tim Benton, Tina Di Carlo, Mario Carpo, Fabrizio Gallanti, Anthony Vidler

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, 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.


Mark Cousins directs the AA’s History and Theory Studies at the undergraduate level. He has been Visiting Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and a founding member of the Graduate School the London Consortium. He is also Guest Professor at Southeastern University in Nanjing.


John Palmesino has been Head of Research at ETH Studio Basel and Research Advisor at the Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. He is a founding member of Multiplicity. He is currently Diploma Unit Master at the AA. He also teaches at the Research Architecture Centre, Goldsmiths in London. He has established Territorial Agency with Ann-Sofi Rönnskog.


Caroline Rabourdin is an architect and essayist. She graduated from the INSA Strasbourg, the Bartlett (UCL) and Chelsea College of Arts (UAL). She has practiced 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 the MA 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 writings include contributions to The Missed Encounter of Architecture with Philosophy, Architecture Against the Post-Political and New Geographies 6: Grounding Metabolism. He recently published The Architecture of Neoliberalism.



Visiting Tutors


Tim Benton taught for 40 years at the Open University and has been Visiting Professor at numerous places. His research in the history of architecture and design between the wars and Le Corbusier has achieved international renown. His book The Rhetoric of Modernism, Le Corbusier as lecturer (2007) was awarded the Grand Prix du Livre sur l’Architecture by the Academie de l’Architecture in Paris.

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 is currently the Head of Events and Exhibitions at the School of Architecture at Princeton University.


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