Visiting School

An intensive short programme assisting in the physical production of experimental architecture at the AA’s Hooke Park campus.

Programme Dates: Aug 28 – Sept 21, 2019

Working on active projects participants will be exposed to many aspects of timber building – from forestry operations, to traditional building methods, to innovative robotic fabrication. Successful applicants will receive exact details of this year's brief as the programme approaches. In addition to participation in building activities, a selection of evening tutorials introduce participants to digital design tools employed in our work such as Grasshopper and 3D scanning with photogrammetry.

The fee for this 3.5 week programme is £750. Fees include lodging on site (inc. weekends), Mon-Fri lunches, and Mon-Weds evening meals. Please note you will require an AA Membership to participate (one year Visiting Membership available for £60).

Programme Heads: Zachary Mollica & Jack Draper


SummerBuild 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 June 20, 2019.

For all inquiries please email

Two half-fee bursaries are available to exceptional applicants on the basis of portfolio quality and clarity of motivation


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.