The Design & Make programmes are structured around a series of hands-on design-make studio projects of increasing scale and sophistication leading to the student construction of either a campus building (MArch students) or full-scale timber prototype (MSc students). These are complemented by the seminar courses and workshops in forestry, woodworking and both traditional and contemporary building crafts, and by lectures and events at Hooke Park and at the AA in London. The teaching team consists of architect and engineer tutors, construction experts, and the support of world-leading consultants who provide technical guidance for the projects.
The first term starts with an Induction Studio that provides an intensive introduction to the programme’s key design methodologies and digital techniques. This is followed by the Core Studio that is dedicated to the production of a full-scale piece of inhabitable landscape infrastructure within the Hooke Park woodland. The seminar courses are focused on the cultural theory of making as design; the agendas of ruralism, sustainability and place; and environmental and timber construction technologies. These taught components of the course are applied in the collective design and making of the main Project Studio, and in the individual production of the dissertation/thesis.
The MSc and MArch courses share the taught components of the first three terms. After the third term, the programme bifurcates, with the MSc students completing their dissertations for submission in September, whilst the MArch students continue with project construction through the summer and then thesis completion (term 4) for submission the following January. The thesis draws on the constructed project as evidence towards a propositional argument concerning the practice and realisation of architecture.