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Design & Make MArch The 'Inhabitable Tetrahedron', a first term Core Studio project built by Design & Make students Zachary Mollica and Yung-Chen Yang to test strategies subsequently deployed in permanent projects at Hooke Park, photo Valerie Bennett

Programme Directors Martin Self, Emmanuel Vercruysse Construction Tutor Charley Brentnall Thesis Tutor Mark Campbell Visiting Tutors Toby Burgess, Kate Darby, Kostas Grigoradis, Jez Ralph


16 months (four terms)

MSc (Timber Technologies)

12 months (three terms)

The AA School is accepting late applications for this course for the 2016/17 academic year. If you wish to submit a late application, please contact Tim Clarke on +44 (0)20 7887 4094 to discuss your application, prior to submitting your online form.

Students of Design & Make use the physical realisation of built projects as their vehicle for design research, developing modes of architectural design that integrate full-scale making. Based at Hooke Park, the AA’s woodland campus in Dorset, they inhabit an environment that combines studio, workshop, building site and forest as part of a wider rural community of rich craft tradition. Working within a masterplan for the extension of the campus, student teams design and construct experimental buildings at Hooke Park.

The core agenda of Design & Make is to advance the materialisation of architecture through the synthesis of advanced technologies, craft techniques and deep understanding of natural material and geometry. The key proposition is that new digital design and fabrication technologies, such as digital 3D scanning, generative modelling and robotic fabrication, enable traditional techniques for making to be re-invented as innovative processes for architecture.

The programme starts with an Induction Studio through which key techniques are taught, followed by the Core Studio in which a temporary inhabitable structure is built in the Hooke Park woodland. In parallel, seminar courses cover agendas of ruralism, timber technologies and the cultural theories of making. These taught components are then applied in the main project, which for MSc students consists of the building of a 1:1 prototype, and for MArch students consists of a group-designed building for the Hooke Park campus. The programme concludes with an individually written dissertation that draws on the constructed project as evidence towards a propositional argument concerning the practice and realisation of architecture.

Unit Staff

Martin Self has taught at the AA since 2004. He worked at Ove Arup & Partners, studied architectural theory at the AA and has consulted with such practices as Zaha Hadid Architects and Antony Gormley Studio.

Emmanuel Vercruysse is co-founder of the art practice LiquidFactory, a member of the design collective Sixteen Makers and the field robotics group RAVEN. He was unit master of MArch Unit 23 at the Bartlett and led the Robotics and Cad-Cam research lab (2009-15).

Charley Brentnall is a timber-framing contractor who has played a pivotal role in the renaissance of timber framing in the UK. He founded Carpenter Oak & Woodland in 1988, is a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Bath and York and a member of the Timber Framers Guild, Carpenters Fellowship, Icomos and SPAB.

Mark Campbell has taught history and design at the AA since 2004. He is Programme Head of MPhil Media Practices and directs the Paradise Lost Research Cluster.

Programme site



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Prospectus 2015-16
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