AA Design + Make Masters study at the Architectural Association Hooke Park

Teaching Staff


Programme Directors

Martin Self  is an engineer and designer who has taught design and theory at the AA since 2004. He was a founder member of Arup’s Advanced Geometry Group, studied architectural theory at the AA, and has provided structural engineering and form-finding consultancy within practices such as Zaha Hadid Architects and Antony Gormley Studio. Trained originally in aerospace engineering, he worked at Ove Arup & Partners in a series of specialist and design roles over a ten-year period. With Charles Walker, he led the design and production of the four AA Summer Pavilions (2006-2009). Projects at AGU included collaborations with architects including Alvaro Siza, OMA, UNStudio, Shigeru Ban and David Adjaye, and artists Anish Kapoor and Chris Ofili.  Martin is the Director of Hooke Park and the founding director of Design & Make.

Emmanuel Vercruysse is an artist, architect and craftsman with a passion for design-through-making. Trained in both furniture design and architecture he works through iterations of drawing, craft and code, and approaches design as a tacit process that oscillates between intuitive acts and precise operations. He is co-founder of art practice LiquidFactory, the field robotics group RAVEN and a member of the design collective Sixteen Makers. Emmanuel was previously Senior Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, where he was unit master of MArch Unit 23 for 8 years, and lead the Robotics and Cad-Cam research lab (2009-2015), overseeing its development into one of the UK’s leading design fabrication facilities. Emmanuel joined the D&M team in 2015.

Studio Tutor

Zac Mollica is a Canadian architect and maker whose work explores the integration of innovative digital methods alongside traditional craft knowledge. Zac completed his undergraduate studies at Dalhousie School of Architecture, and has since worked for a number of architecture and design practices in Amsterdam, Lunenburg, Toronto and Vancouver. Completing the Architectural Association’s Design + Make programme in Hooke Park over the past two years, Zac led the development of the Tree Fork Truss within the Wood Chip Barn student project.

Construction Tutor

Charley Brentnall has played a pivotal role in the renaissance of timber framing in the UK. He started a timber framing and vernacular buildings business in 1979 and founded Carpenter Oak & Woodland in 1987. He has over 36 years experience in timber construction and conservation, is a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Bath and York and a member of the Carpenters Fellowship, Icomos and SPAB. He is the Chairman of the Carpenters Fellowship and a past member of BWF British Standards committee.

Thesis Tutor

Mark Campbell has taught history and design at the AA since 2004. He has taught previously at the Cooper Union, Princeton University and Auckland University and received post graduate degrees as a Fulbright Scholar from Princeton University (MA, PhD) and undergraduate degrees from Auckland University (BA, Arch Hons). He has worked in practice in Auckland, New York and London and served as the Managing Editor of Grey Room and the Cooper Union Archive, in addition to publishing extensively. He is the Director of the ‘Paradise Lost’ AA Research Cluster.


Visiting Tutors

Toby Burgess teaches two Architectural Masters courses at London Universities with a focus on the funding and delivery of student led designs, previously coordinating London Metropolitan University’s entry in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2012, winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects Silver Medal 2012 for best student project worldwide, and managing delivery of student architectural installations at Burning Man festival in 2013 and 2015. As the recipient of the Baylight scholarship to study at the Architectural Association, his research focused on the potential of utilising digital technologies in the generation and fabrication of environmentally and culturally responsible architecture. Toby was lead designer on ‘Casa Kike’ by Gianni Botsford Architects, winner of the 2008 Lubetkin Prize, and has worked at Grimshaw Architects, where he was a founding member of the ‘Project Sustainability Group’ an in house team of sustainability researchers and advisors to the office on a range of international projects.

Kate Darby is an architect who has taught MArch at Bath University, ran an undergraduate unit at the Bartlett, and has been a visiting lecturer and critic at Cardiff, Cambridge, Westminster and London Metropolitan Universities, Oxford Brookes, the Bartlett and the AA. She is a founder member and team leader of Studio in the Woods. She worked for Gianni Botsford Architects and was project architect on Lighthouse, winner of RIBA and AIA awards. She founded KDA in 2008, a rural practice that is concerned with meaning and physicality of Architecture. The experience of architecture is developed by the practice through investigations into formal, material, and physical phenomena such as delicacy, complexity, emptiness, surprise and ambiguity.