Kingcombe, Dorset Volunteers raising the back gable wall of the Music Pavilion for Project Lacey Green (a previous Visiting School project led by Clementine)

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Kingcombe, Dorset

New Vernaculars

Monday 10 – Sunday 23 July 2017

Following on from previous workshops in Lacey Green, the Kingcombe Visiting School will explore the relationship between design, making and place through small-scale, community-engaged design/build projects. 

The Visiting School will tie into ongoing research being carried out in partnership with the charity Common Ground, that aims to explore 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 and craftspeople, the aim is to produce a collection of small buildings which test both innovative design ideas and methods of construction. At the center 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 2017 we will be working with the Dorset Wildlife Trust to collaboratively design and build a riverside boardwalk and pavilion at the Kingcombe Wildlife Center a few miles from Hooke Park. This will be the first project fabricated at Hooke Park to be installed outside of the campus itself for a local client; as such it represents an exciting move towards local engagement.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

- design and fabrication skills, involving contemporary digital tools and traditional forms of craftsmanship
- introduction to forestry and woodland management through direct experience in Hooke Park
- documentation and presentation skills through drawing, photography, film and book-making
- lecturers and guest critics including graphic-designers, furniture-makers, engineers and architects
- professional experience engaging with a client and end users
- collaboration and team work


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 7 July 2017

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.

There are two scholarship places available, for talented students in financial need. Scholarship students will need to contribute £250 towards food and accomodation at Hooke Park. Eligible applicants should send the following documents to
- a 10 page digital portfolio
- a CV
- a statement of interest, including information about any financial hardship
Deadline for scholarship applications is: 29 May 2017


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £950 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee, and food and accomodation at Hooke Park for the duration of the two week workshop.
Scholarship students will need to contribute £250 towards food and accomodation at Hooke Park.    

Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.

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.

Alex Thomas is a Cambridge trained architect and timber frame carpenter. 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.

We will be supported by the Hooke Park workshop manager Charlie Corry Wright, and joined by a number of visiting lecturers and tutors including engineer Peter Laidler, Director of Structure Workshop, and architect Edmund Fowles, Director of Feilden Fowles.


Programme Head
Clementine Blakemore 

Programme Tutor
Alex Thomas

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads

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