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Hooke Park

Hooke Park is the Architectural Association’s woodland site in Dorset, south west England. The 150 hectare working forest is owned and operated by the AA and contains a growing educational facility for design, workshop, construction and landscape-focussed activities. It is used by visiting groups of London-based students, the Hooke Park-based MArch, Msc Design + Make programme, and for short courses during the academic breaks. Details of these programmes are described here.

The forest was historically a deer-hunting enclosure and is designated as Ancient Woodland. It forms part of Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is sited within an active farming landscape close to the market towns of Beaminster and Bridport and a few miles inland from the Jurassic Coast – a UNESCO world heritage site. This historic rural landscape context provides a unique alternative to the conventional urban focus of city-based architecture schools. West Dorset is renowned for is rich craft and making traditions, food and rural cultures.

The woodland is a mixture of broadleaved and conifer species that provide the prime source of timber for students’ construction activities. This ethical premise, of using the immediate material resource for building, was established in the 1980s in the three original campus buildings for the Parnham furniture college designed by architects ABK, Frei Otto and Edward Cullinan, and engineers Buro Happold. Following exchange of ownership to the AA in 2002, the campus development has continued with new workshop and accommodation facilities being designed and built by students of the AA’s Design + Make programme. Details of these projects and the phased masterplan are here.

The Hooke Park woodland is open to the public through its rights-of-way. Contact information and details for visiting students are available here.


Hooke Park
Dorset DT8 3PH
T: 01308 863 588

Hooke Park Warden

Zachary Mollica


Laura Kaddey

Workshop Manager

Charlie Corry-Wright


Christopher Sadd

Architectural Robotics Developer

Jean-Nicolas Alois Dackiw

Workshop Technician

Edward Coe

Catering Manager

Georgie Corry-Wright


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Design + Make MArch MSc

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.