• Caroline Dionne

    Assistant Professor of History and Theory of Design Practice and Curatorial Studies


    Caroline Dionne is Assistant Professor in the History and Theory of Design Practice at the School of Art and Design History and Theory (ADHT). At the intersection of architecture, literature and language theories, her current research is concerned with the concept of usage—of words and spaces—as a semantically productive component of spatial design in modern and contemporary practices. She was a Research and Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) from 2011 to 2016, and a Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, in 2014. She holds a PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture from McGill University, Montreal. She has published essays and articles in, among others, Reading Architecture: Literary Imagination and Architectural Experience (Routledge 2018), 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.

    Professional Affiliations:

    Member of CAA - College Art Association
    Member of SAUTE - Swiss Association of University Teachers in English

    Recent Publications:

    Dionne, Caroline. “We Build Spaces with Words: Spatial Agency, Recognition and Narrative.” In Reading Architecture; Literary Imagination and Architectural Experience, edited by Angeliki Sioli and Yoonchun Jung. London: Routledge, 2018.

    Dionne, Caroline. “A leap of faith in the realm of the possible.” OASE 96, Social poetics: the architecture of use and appropriation (2016): 73-78.

    Dionne, Caroline. “Made in Usage: Architecture in Furetière’s Dictionnaire Universel.” In Architecture’s Appeal, edited by Marc J. Neveu and Negin Djavaherian, 67-78. London: Routledge, 2015.

    Dionne, Caroline. “Lewis Carroll on Architectural Meaning.” Montreal Architectural Review 01 (2014): 31-46.

    Dionne, Caroline. “Fenêtre sur l’espace introspectif / Introspective Space: Enter Here! Caroline Dionne in discussion with Jonas Dahlberg.” In Jonas Dahlberg: Hall of Mirrors, 36-43. Lausanne: Archizoom, 2013.

    Dionne, Caroline. “Architectural Creativity in Lewis Carroll’s The Vision of the Three T’s.” In Architecture and Authorship, 30-39. London: Black Dog Publishing, 2007. 

    Dionne, Caroline. “Lewis Carroll: A Man Out Of Joint, The Anonymous Architect of Euclid’s Retreat.” In Chora: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture, Vol. 4, edited by Alberto Pérez-Gómez and Stephen Parcell, 1-24. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004.

    Current Courses:

    Curating Design (Spring 2020)

    Discourses in Design

    Discourses in Design (Spring 2020)

    Independent Study (Spring 2021)


    Internship (Spring 2021)

    Making + Meaning (Spring 2020)