Hooke Park Build
Visiting School

Hooke Park Build is an intensive short programme whose participants assist in the physical production of experimental architecture at the AA’s Hooke Park campus.

3-25 September 2020

Working on active projects with students of the MArch/MSc Design + Make programme, participants are exposed to many aspects of timber building – from forestry operations, to traditional building methods, to innovative robotic fabrication.

Successful applicants will receive further details of this year's brief as the programme nears. In addition to supervised participation in building activities, a selection of evening tutorials introduce participants to digital design tools/technologies employed in our work such as Grasshopper and 3D scanning.

The fee for this 3.5 week programme is £980 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting AA Membership fee. Fees include lodging on site (inc. weekends), and catered lunches Monday to Friday. Partial bursaries are available to exceptional applicants on the basis of portfolio quality and motivation.

Programme Head: Jack Draper


Hooke Park Build is open to applicants from all backgrounds – we seek interesting and interested people. To apply please complete the Application Form before the closing deadline of May 31, 2020.

For all enquiries or to be added to our mailing list for notifications, please send us an email.


Work Week: Participants will work and be supervised on fabrication and construction activities from Monday to Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM. Each session starts with mandatory safe working inductions.

Getting to Hooke: Hooke Park (DT8 3PH) is located about 3 miles south east of the town of Beaminster, close to the village of Hooke. Travel is available by car or train (more info).

Meals on Site: Meals provided in Hooke Park's Refectory are vegetarian. Please advise us of any allergies or dietary requirements. Additionally, participants have access to a fully equipped kitchen for non-catered meals.

Accommodation: Participants live on site in Westminster Lodge, a dormitory with shared same-sex twin rooms, each with en-suite washroom and shower pods. Bedding is provided – participants are required to bring their own towel and toiletries.

Visas: All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.

Insurance: All participants are responsible for securing their own travel and health insurance. Please ensure that your travel insurance also covers your personal belongings i.e. laptop, equipment, tools, passport etc. The AA takes no responsibility for lost/ stolen property.

EU Students: If you are a student from another country in the European Union, here for less than six months, you will require a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC, previously called E111) which must be obtained from your home country. The card is not an alternative to travel insurance. It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such as mountain rescue in ski resorts, being flown back to your home country, or lost or stolen property. Therefore it is important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy. Some insurers now insist that you hold an EHIC, and many will waive the excess if you have one.

International Students: If you are here for less than six months, please note you are not covered for National Health Service treatment in the UK. You are therefore required to obtain travel/health insurance from your own country.