Summer Build

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Summer Build

Summer Build at Hooke Park

Tuesday 29 August – Saturday 23 September 2017

SummerBuild is a four-week programme offering the opportunity to assist in the construction of experimental timber buildings at the Architectural Association's Hooke Park campus. Working alongside students of the Design + Make programme and the Hooke Park team participants will be exposed to many aspects of timber architecture from forestry operations to robotic fabrication.
The programme is open to architecture, design and engineering students and young professionals, as well as those from other backgrounds, who seek hands-on experience of timber fabrication in a rural environment. Participants are supervised and are expected to work on fabrication and construction activities Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Additionally, a few informal evening lectures and software tutorials will be offered by members of our teaching staff.



SummerBuild is open to applicants from all backgrounds. We seek interesting and interested people. 

Please email your portfolio to Applications will be reviewd by the Programme Heads. 


Students should be aware that visas are required for Visiting Schools held both in the UK and abroad and it is the student's responsibility to investigate what is required via the relevant embassies in their country.


The fee for this four week programme is £555, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. This fee includes lodging on site and weekday lunches.

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

Martin Self
Programme Director
Martin is Director of Hooke Park and co-director of the Design + Make programme. He is an engineer and designer who has taught design and theory at the AA since 2004, and has provided structural engineering and form-finding consultancy within practices including Arup, Zaha Hadid Architects and Antony Gormley Studio.

Emmanuel Vercruysse
Programme Director
Emmanuel is co-director of the Design + Make programme. He is an architect, artist, craftsman and robotics specialist, with in-depth experience of both traditional and digital craft. Emmanuel is co-founder of art practice LiquidFactory, the field robotics group RAVEN and a member of the design collective Sixteen Makers.

Zachary Mollica
Studio Tutor
Zac is a programme tutor and responsible for coordinating SummerBuild. A Canadian architect and maker, his work explores the integration of innovative digital methods alongside traditional craft knowledge. A graduate of Design + Make, Zac helped lead the development of the Wood Chip Barn student project.


Martin Self

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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