The Bartlett School of Architecture

Mrs Caroline Rabourdin

Mrs Caroline Rabourdin

Honorary Lecturer

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2020

Research summary

Her research interests include the art of the essay as critical and creative practice, spatial theory, phenomenology, geometry, metrology, pattern cutting, art practices, spatial literature, philosophy of language, translation studies and comparative literature.

She has read at international conferences and has published several essays — Her latest essay 'The Expanding Space of the Train Carriage: A Phenomenological Reading of Michel Butor’s La Modification' was published by Routledge in 2018 in Spatial Modernities: Geography, Narrative, Imaginaries.


Dr. Caroline Rabourdin is an architect and essayist. She graduated from INSA Strasbourg, the Bartlett (UCL), and holds a PhD from Chelsea College of Arts (UAL).
She has worked as an architect in Paris and London for a number of years and started teaching in 2007 at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris with Sir Peter Cook. She has since taught at Chelsea College of Art and Greenwich University. She currently runs the Printed Matter course at the AA School of Architecture, is the Head of AA Visiting School Paris, Architecture & Ecriture and together with Sue Barr is Co-Head of the AA Visiting School in Richelieu in partnership with the Whitechapel Gallery. She is also visiting lecturer on the Master in Architecture at Cork Centre for Architectural Education (UCC). At UCL she teaches History & Theory in Year 2 BSc Architecture and together with Chee-Kit Lai coordinates as well as teaches the Design & Creative Practice Year 2 module in Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Bartlett.