Visiting School

August 28 - September 22, 2018

An intensive AA Visiting School assisting the Design + Make team in the physical production of experimental architectural constructs.

Working on active projects alongside residential students of the Design + Make programme and the Hooke Park team, participants will be exposed to many aspects of timber building – from forestry operations, to traditional building methods, to innovative robotic fabrication. The programme is open to architecture, design and engineering students and young professionals, as well as those from other backgrounds, who seek hands-on making experience. In addition to participation in the build, a selection of informal evening lectures and software tutorials will be offered by members of our teaching staff.

For 2018, participants will be involved in the ongoing construction of Wakeford Hall - a multilayered academic building for the Hooke Park campus. First moves were made on site last year with the erection of the Library's primary structure - a skeleton like frame made up of bespoke laminated timber components (Follow @aadesignandmake for progress). This year, we continue work on the Library - fabricating a secondary structure and skin, while also developing its internal workings.


Dates: Aug 28 - Sept 22, 2018
Spaces: 16
Apply by: June 17
Fee: £495


SummerBuild is open to applicants from all backgrounds. We seek interesting and interested people. The fee for the four-week programme is £495. This fee includes lodging on site including weekends, Mon-Fri lunches, and Mon-Weds evening meals. Please note you will require an AA Membership to participate in either session (one year Visiting Membership available for £60).

A full no-fee bursary position is available for an exceptional applicant selected on the basis of portfolio quality and clarity of motivation in their statement.

The deadline to apply is June 17, 2018. To apply please email with:

  • MayBuild and/or SummerBuild
  • Full name
  • 200 word letter of application
  • Short portfolio (website/PDF)
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Current address
  • Shoe size (UK)
  • Allergies/dietary requirements


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 a mandatory site safety training session.

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.