History & Leadership

Paris College of Art, a new name for a college with over 30 years of experience, promotes the artistic and intellectual maturation of promising students into exceptional artists, photographers, designers, and design managers.

Grounded in the Parisian landscape, informed by the European art and design world, nourished by a faculty of leaders in the creative industries from the world over, and replenished by students from over 50 countries, Paris College of Art is a truly international college. PCA is guided by a Board of Trustees comprised of Reginald de Guillebon, David Peck, Christel des Royeries, Annie Cohen-Solal, Merrikay Hall, and Jeffrey Nesin.

1981

Parsons Paris

Paris College of Art’s academic programs began in 1981 at 10bis rue Letellier under the name Parsons Paris. Parsons Paris, which was established by Parsons School of Design, offered of a full-time art and design program run in association with the American University of Paris.

At its inception the school offered majors in: Communication Design, Fine Arts, Photography, and Environmental Design.

1986

École Parsons à Paris

In 1986, the school was established in France as an independent non-profit association, by board members of The New School, under the name École Parsons à Paris, with academic programs delivered as a branch campus of The New School.

In 1995, while continuing to operate the school under the name Parsons Paris / École Parsons à Paris, the name of the French association was changed to “Association Franco-Américaine de Design” [AFAD].

2010

Paris College of Art

In 2010, Paris College of Art obtains degree granting authority from the State of Delaware and accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design.

In February 2014, marking Paris College of Art’s full independence, the Deans of Paris College of Art and Parsons The New School for Design published a joint letter to the international art and design educational community regarding our shared history. View the full letter.

Linda Jarvin

Dr. Linda Jarvin

President & Chief Academic Officer

After teaching and completing a doctorate in cognitive psychology and individual differences in France, Linda, a native Swede, spent 13 years in American higher education (Yale and Tufts universities), and now puts this dual European and U.S. experience to use for the Paris College of Art international community. She has explored most facets of higher education, including admissions, curriculum review, new degree development, accreditation, and faculty development, while simultaneously pursuing education research to further our understanding of how students optimally learn.

The majority of Linda’s research and peer-reviewed publications have focused on designing, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of educational interventions in a wide range of settings, including K-12 and higher education in the United States and Africa. Recognized as a leader in the field, Linda has served as a consultant to elite preparatory schools (e.g., Choate Rosemary Hall) and universities (e.g., MIT) on issues of learning, assessment and admissions.

In her 8 years as Dean, she worked alongside PCA’s academic and administrative teams to improve facilities, secure re-accreditation, develop new undergraduate majors, and launch PCA’s graduate school, the latter under the leadership of Associate Dean Klaus Fruchtnis.

As of July 15, 2019 Linda serves as President and Chief Academic Officer of PCA.

In my new role I will continue to strengthen our academic offering while maintaining our commitment to pluri-disciplinarity, diversity, and the importance of the role that artists and designers play in shaping our societies. In a world of increasingly complex issues that affect us all, the creativity and problem-solving skills that our excellent faculty nurture in our students is key to positive change and progress.

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Klaus Fruchtnis

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

Growing up trilingual and living, studying and working in different countries (France, Japan, Thailand, Italy, Russia, Colombia, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) makes Klaus Fruchtnis ideally suited for the international educational community that is Paris College of Art.

Klaus holds a Master of Design & Technology: Fine Arts & New Media from the Paris-Sorbonne University, two Bachelor’s degrees in Fine Arts from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts of Paris and Rennes, and has been part of the EnsadLab research program at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs of Paris.

Over the past 13 years, through his work with universities across the globe, Klaus has developed highly effective and innovative teaching techniques and pedagogical methods using new technologies. He joined Paris College of Art in 2014 as the Chair of Photography after directing the Multimedia Department at the International Art School in Thailand, and working as the Creative and Marketing Director at PGE Research Japan. He was promoted to Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in October 2016.

Klaus’ artistic work has been published and exhibited internationally. His ongoing research in new media questions the image, its origin and incidence, real and/or virtual, through new technologies and the different ways it can be perceived by these technologies. It also examines how they influence, generate, affect and guide our daily lives and our behavior within society.

My vision of higher education goes beyond fostering talent in the classroom, it involves shared projects and initiatives with external partners, allowing students to experience the professional world through their own research. As for me, I believe a school to be a place of mutual exchange, a place to rethink and renegotiate, where students can find new sources for their own practice, particularly out in the field. I envision, therefore, an education that emphasizes the learning process rather than the finished ways of work in the context.

David Peck

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Award-winning entrepreneur and designer David Peck received his BFA in Fashion Design in 2006 from PCA (known at the time as École Parsons à Paris) after a career as a classical cellist. After time at renowned fashion houses Paco Rabanne, Junichi Hakamaki, and Robert Normand, David’s work continued in New York before moving to Houston in 2010 where he operates his own line.

David chairs the Paris College of Art Board, is a member of the Advisory Board of Directors for Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS), the Fashion Design and Merchandising Advisory Board for Houston Community College, and is the Fashion Chair at PS One Portfolio School in Beijing, China. He previously chaired the Fashion Task Force for the Greater Houston Partnership.

Named one of Houston Chronicle’s Most Interesting People and a Rising Star by the League of Women Voters, he has chaired/co-chaired many events including the Alley Theatre Ball After Party, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS), the Judy’s Mission Possible Luncheon, and served three years as the Creative Director/Producer for the KNOWAutism Gala. 

David directed the uniform design of the JW Marriott Houston Downtown, Hotel Ylem, and Oxbow 7 at  Le Méridien Houston Downtown. He has been a guest artist at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He has styled for film and television. His work has been exhibited at the Ellen Noel Art Museum “Texas Now” exhibition in Odessa, Texas and at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

David’s work has been featured on the cover of Women’s Wear Daily; in publications such as Teen Vogue, Lucky, Marie Claire, InStyle, and People Style Watch; and on popular television shows Hart of Dixie and E! News. David has dressed celebrities such as Kate Bosworth, Jaime King, Giuliana Rancic, Mayim Bialik, Maggie Grace, Ashlan Gorse, Rose McGowan, Esperanza Spalding, Lauren Conrad, and Taylor Swift.

Christel des Royeries

Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees

Christel des Royeries is currently Director of External communication at Air Liquide, a world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, heading the influence team in charge of media relations and social media.

Christel des Royeries has started her career working in the finance industry in New York, working in event planning at Seligman Advisors and Société Générale.

Returning to France, Christel has been working for a non-for-profit organization, handling fundraising as well as organizing a musical tour in France and Belgium, managing communications, logistics, and internal mobilization of up to 250 volunteers.

Prior to joining Air Liquide, she held various communication roles, such as media relations manager at Engie, an energy company, as well as in industrial companies, serving as head of media relations at Lafarge, and as Director of Communication Europe at Constellium.

An American citizen, Christel was born in the United States from French-Haitian parents and was educated in both France and the US. She holds a BA in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Business and Institutions Communication, she also has an MBA in Luxury Communication & Strategy.

Reginald de Guillebon

Reginald de Guillebon

Board Member

Reginald de Guillebon was born in the United States to French-Haitian parents and was educated in both France and the US. In 2000, after working in the world of finance and business, Mr. de Guillebon redirected his career into art education with the founding of Hildegarde, a French media and higher education group.

In 2006, Mr. de Guillebon became the President of the former Parsons Paris, and transformed the school into Paris College of Art.

Today the Hildegarde group owns 26 companies including for example Les Armateurs, an award winning animation production company based in Paris, and Le film français, the leading French entertainment trade magazine.

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James L. Sintros

Board Member

James L. Sintros is Chairman of Nexus Frontier Tech, Ltd., and is Managing Director of Sintros Motorsports LLC. For many years he served as Senior Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of the Monitor Group, now Monitor Deloitte, and he is a Director of the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, and President of the Joseph W. Stilwell Institute Foundation.

Throughout his professional career, Sintros has been involved with international higher education, and he is the longest serving Director of the Hult International Business School, and a member of the governing body of Ashridge Business School.

He is very pleased to join the board of Paris College of Art, an institution which he greatly admires, and has been familiar with for many years.

Annie Cohen Solal

Board Member

Annie Cohen-Solal is an academic and a writer, tracking down the interactions between art, literature and society. After Sartre : A Life (1987) became an international success, she became the French cultural counselor to the US (1989 to 1992). In New York, Professor Cohen-Solal’s encounter with Leo Castelli led her to shift her interest to the art world, publishing Painting American (2001) ; Leo Castelli & His Circle (2010) ; New York Mid Century (2014) with Paul Goldberger and Robert Gottlieb ; and Mark Rothko (2013).

In 2013, she became special advisor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure for the Nuit Sartre ; in 2014, as general curator of Magiciens de la terre 2014, at the Centre Pompidou, she published Magiciens de la terre : retour sur une exposition légendaire, with Jean-Hubert Martin. She has held positions at Tisch School of the Arts (NYU), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), University of Caen, Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), the Freie Universität Berlin and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

She is currently preparing a book on Picasso, the Foreigner.  Born in Algiers, Cohen-Solal now lives between Paris and Cortona, Italy.