• Caroline Dionne

    Assistant Professor in Art & Design History & Theory


    Caroline Dionne is Assistant Professor in the History and Theory of Design Practice and Curatorial Studies at the School of Art and Design History and Theory (ADHT). Before joining Parsons, she was a Research and Teaching Associate (Scientist) and Research Coordinator at ALICE laboratory, Institute of Architecture, Ecole polytechnique fédérale Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, where she taught in the doctoral and master’s programs. She holds a PhD in the History & Theory of Architecture from McGill University, Montreal. In her thesis, she explored connections between spatial perception and language in the literary and scientific works of nineteenth century author Lewis Carroll (Charles L. Dodgson).


    Caroline Dionne's current research examines the relationships between language theories and architectural discourses, with focus on the notion of usage understood as a customary practice grounded in specific spatial configurations and as a means of accounting for, and assessing, architectural experience through language. In 2013-14 she was awarded a research fellowship in the context of the Visiting Scholars Program at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. She has published essays and articles in, among others, OASE 96 Social Poetics: The Architecture of Use and Appropriation, Architecture's Appeal (Routledge 2015), Architecture and Authoship (Black Dog, 2006), La Re-vue Malaquais, Montreal Architectural Review, Chora 4: Intervals in the philosophy of Architecture, Public, ETC Montreal, YYZ Blog, Patrimoine Suisse, Hochparterre and Tracés (SIA). An architectural critic and curator, she co-founded TILT, an independent contemporary art space based in Renens, Switzerland.