Kingcombe Kingcombe 2017


New Vernaculars

Monday 9 – Sunday 22 July 2018

The New Vernaculars Visiting School explores ways in which contemporary forms of rural architecture might emerge through an engagement with the landscape, culture and people of West Dorset. Through a series of projects, developed over a number of years in partnership with local clients, artists, craftspeople and ecologists, the aim is to produce a collection of small buildings which test both innovative design ideas and methods of construction. At the centre of each project will be an interest in locally sourced skills and materials, the accommodation of landscape and wildlife within architecture, community engagement, and interdisciplinary practice.

In 2018 we will continue working with Kingcombe Wildlife Centre, located a few miles from Hooke Park – the AA’s rural campus in West Dorset. The project will focus on the second phase of a riverside boardwalk and outdoor classroom / events space that was started last year.

During the workshop, we'll make studio visits to local craftspeople such as the furniture-maker Alice Blogg, explore the landscape with conservationist Nick Grey, and be joined by visiting lecturer Edmund Fowles

Key skills learned: 

  • Carpentry & timber framing
  • Construction
  • Forest management 
  • Design 
  • Free-hand drawing 
  • Community Engagement 
  • Presentation
  • Collaboration 


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email for instructions to pay by bank transfer.

2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is 25 June 2018.

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.


Fees will be £800, including AA membership and accomodation at Hooke Park

Two full-fee scholarships are available; applicants should send a CV, portfolio and cover letter explaining their financial need to by 1st June, 2018 

Participants will need to make a contribution of £260 towards food (to be paid via the Visiting School during the application process)

Please note you will require an AA Membership to participate in Kingcombe (One year Visiting Membership is available for £60).

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. We also accept students with a background in design and visual arts. Participants do not need previous building or making experience, or knowledge of specific software, but must enjoy collaboration and team-work.

Architectural Association
Hooke Park
Dorset DT8 3PH

Clementine Blakemore is the Director of C · B · A , a London-based practice interested in the relationship between design, making and place. Alongside a position as Designer in Residence at the Design Museum, she is working on a range of small-scale projects in the UK. Previously a Founding Partner of the non-profit collective WORKSHOP architecture, Clementine has also worked for David Chipperfield Architects and Duggan Morris Architects. She has a background in sculpture and film, and was educated at the University of Oxford, the Rural Studio, the AA, and the RCA.


Programme Head:

Clementine Blakemore

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

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