Hooke Park - MakeLab MakeLab 2015 – 'performative envelopes': inhabitable structure in the forest designed through the gathering of different densities and views of the sky dome, translated into different material densities within the enclosure.

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Hooke Park - MakeLab


Monday 11 – Friday 15 April 2016

MakeLAB is a five-day programme engaging with computer-aided architectural design and fabrication experiments to explore new modes of design conception. Using Hooke Park’s forestry and workshop resources, the workshop offers the unique opportunity to explore innovative structures and methodologies at 1:1 scale.

This year the program will revolve around the theme 'digital /physical growth', creating an architectural material growth system that will adapt and evolve within the site. Aiming to produce a large scale, inhabitable structure, the process will use feedback loops between input data and architectural performance qualities to explore relationships between natural processes of formation and rule-based processes for architectural design.

The workshop will result a single collective project, assisted by specialist tutors from in and around the AA. The programme is open to architectural students, teachers and professionals interested in collaborative discussion and hands-on exploration of experimental design+build processes.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

MakeLab will be taught by a group of tutors from the AA and other leading academic institutions, and from architecture practices in London.

The workshop will offer a varied programme including lecture presentations, a jury with visiting critics, and tutorials on digital design and fabrication techniques and woodworking methods and tools. The workshop will serve as an academic platform for critical evaluation and discussion of contemporary design practice and emerging schools of thought incorporating new technologies in architecture. The outcomes of past workshops have been published and presented internationally including at conferences such as ACADIA and ECAADE, and we welcome other teachers or researchers in architecture as well as current students from all levels of study. The programme is suitable for participants who are completely new to this area of research as well as advanced users looking to expand their knowledge and experiences, previous software knowledge is welcomed but not required.

Unique to this programme is the shared use of Hooke Park's meals and accommodation facilities, which allows for an intimate experience of the unique landscape and forest environment in Dorset. The programme promotes close collaboration between participants and the exchange of knowledge and experiences, as every participants skills and interests can be accommodated within the teams. The outcomes will include several large scale 1:1 prototypes and an installation at a specific site in Hooke Park's forest area, together with the documentation of unique experimental methodologies of design and fabrication. 


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  visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk 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 April 2016

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.


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, academics and professionals. Participants need to bring their own camera equipment and laptops with the latest version of Rhino and Grasshopper installed. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen during the workshop. As the number of places for this workshop is limited, please appy early to avoid disappointment.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

The fees for this workshop include all costs for accommodation, prototyping materials and meals. Participants need to make their own travel arrangements to and from Hooke Park which can be reached by train or car from London.

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.

 (For non-British citizens)

Due to Government changes with regard to health treatment in the UK, you will be required to have the following:
For students from the European Union
 If you are a student from another country in the European Union, here for less than six months, you will require a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC, previously called E111) which must be obtained from your home country. 
 The card is not an alternative to travel insurance.  It will not cover any private medical healthcare or costs, such as mountain rescue in ski resorts, being flown back to your home country, or lost or stolen property. Therefore it is important to have both an EHIC and a valid private travel insurance policy.  Some insurers now insist that you hold an EHIC, and many will waive the excess if you have one.
For students from non-European Union countries, ie international students
 If you are here for less than six months, please note you are not covered for National Health Service treatment in the UK.  You are therefore required to obtain travel/health insurance from your own country.

Hooke Park
Dorset DT8 3PH

Programme Director
Jeroen van Ameijde has been teaching at the AA the since 2007 and is co-founder and director of Urban Systems, an office specialising in generative design methodologies which is currently developing several large scale projects in China. He has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Innsbruck and has lectured, published and taught workshops on digital design and fabrication worldwide. He has studied at the Delft University of Technology and worked with offices in The Netherlands, Switzerland, New York, London and Hong Kong.


Programme Director
Jeroen van Ameijde

Visiting School Director

Christopher Pierce

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

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The AA has undergone an educational oversight monitoring visit by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full at:


The monitoring visit resulted in the following outcome:

The QAA monitoring team has concluded that we are making commendable progress in implementing the action plan from the Review for Educational Oversight.