Kingcombe Kingcombe 2017


New Vernaculars

Monday 9 – Sunday 22 July 2018

The New Vernaculars Visiting School explores how contemporary 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 workshop will produce a collection of small buildings to test both innovative design ideas and methods of construction. At the ccore of each project lies 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.

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.

All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £860 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

Fees do not include flights or accommodation 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.

All participants will need to make a contribution of £280 towards food and accomodation at Hooke Park (to be paid via the Visiting School during the application process).

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

Programme Head

Clementine Blakemore is the director of a London-based practice, Clementine Blakemore Architecture. She is currently working on a range of projects, including a music room for a primary school in Buckinghamshire, and a residential conversion in London. Previous clients include the UK Green Building Council, the Design Museum, Brent Council, and two educational NGOs in India.With a strong belief in collaboration and the process of learning through making, she regularly leads design/build workshops, and has taught on the Architectural Association’s Visiting School programme for the past six years. Prior to starting her own practice, Clementine 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 Architectural Association, and the Royal College of Art.

Programme Tutor

Alex Thomas is a Cambridge trained architect and timber frame carpenter, who co-directs Timber Workshop in Devon. Five years of experience in a range of design-led London practices included time at Van Heyningen and Haward, Eric Parry and Buschow Henley Architects. This was followed by an extended period at the young practice Feilden Fowles. A passion for making crafted architecture has been a key driver though a varied career route. The last five years have been spent exploring timber framed carpentry, enhancing an understanding of construction, and an interest in how buildings are pieced together. Alongside this, Alex has been involved in a range of voluntary projects, including a ‘Summerbuild’ programme at Hooke Park, and a timber framed construction in Uganda for the Richard Feilden Foundation.


Programme Head
Clementine Blakemore

Programme Tutor
Alex Thomas

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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F +44 20 7414 0782

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