We are headquartered at Hooke Park - the Architectural Association’s satellite woodland campus for architectural research. Students of the Design + Make programme inhabit an environment that combines, forest, studio, workshop and building site.
The first few weeks of the programme you will be based in London – establishing a strong relationship with the Bedford Square campus, its facilities, staff and students. Spending the majority of our time embedded in Hooke Park, we travel to Bedford Square for juries, lectures, and other events. Visiting units/programmes from London travel to Hooke throughout the year offering the chance to engage with a range of students and tutors.
The MArch course is aimed at architectural graduates and practitioners who want to develop their practice through a direct engagement with the design and fabrication of experimental architectural constructs. For the MArch, a minimum 5-year professional degree in architecture (RIBA Pt 2/ Diploma equivalent is required).
The MSc course is aimed at those from architecture, engineering or other design related backgrounds who want to develop expertise in experimental design and fabrication - developing in-depth knowledge of timber design and fabrication technologies. A minimum 3-year degree in architecture, engineering, art or other related subjects.
The Open University (OU) is the awarding body for research degrees at the AA. The AA is an Approved Institution and Affiliated Research Centre of the Open University (OU), UK. All taught graduate courses at the AA are validated by The OU.
No, the MArch is a post-professional course (equivalent to MArch2 in the US). To study for RIBA Part 2 at the AA you will need to apply to the Diploma programme.
Term 1’s Induction Studio introduces the fundamental skillset required for both courses, and so existing knowledge of various software while advantageous is not required. We operate in a broad range of packages - varying each year in response to the specific needs of our projects. This typically includes: Rhino; Grasshopper; AutoCad; Adobe CS; CADCAM packages; and various 3D scanning tools.
Students will require a personal laptop throughout the programme - while shared desktop computers are available in the studio for heavier work and specialist software. Hooke Park has photography equipment available to students though we encourage you to bring your own digital cameras capable of capturing video if you have them to ensure important moments are not missed.
We spend about 3 weeks at the start of the first term in London – getting to know the Bedford Square campus and facilities – for which students are responsible for finding their own accommodation. For the remainder of the first term accommodation is provided by the AA at a lodge near to Hooke Park. From January through the rest of the programme students are responsible for finding a place to stay nearby. There is currently accommodation for some students on site in Hooke Park’s South Lodge, and we aim to increase this in the coming academic years. Nearby, students tend to find accommodation in Hooke, Beaminster, or Bridport – with rent per room typically around £300 per month.
Hooke Park is most easily accessed by car, and the school has a minibus and two small cars that are available for student use - paying only fuel costs (license valid to drive in the UK required). Transport to and from London is primarily by train between London Waterloo and Crewkerne stations.
Students pay for materials used in Term 1’s introductory studios which need to be sourced from outside of Hooke Park. During the Main Project, construction materials are provided. Some project briefs may require students to seek materials sponsorship or donation.
No, the AA does not offer employment to students at Hooke Park. The immersive and team-based nature of the programme would make it difficult if some students were employed on site.