Important COVID-19 / Coronavirus information and FAQs

Hooke Park is open for all tutors and their students to use. Bookings are made online by tutors and are subject to approval by the Director of the School. Students wishing to use Hooke Park for educational purposes outside the scope of unit work must first get their proposal approved through their tutors and make the booking through them.


The dormitory, Westminster Lodge, accommodates 16 people in eight rooms each with two single beds, a toilet, shower and wash basin. There is a large communal room with a wood burning stove. Basic tutor accommodation is also available in the hut adjacent to the workshop, where there is a room with two beds and a shower room. B&B and hotel accommodation is available in Hooke village, Beaminster and other local towns. Meals are provided in the Hooke Park refectory. See the booking form for further details.


The intended use of the workshop should be described on the booking form, and approved and arranged with the workshop manager before the visit. The workshop is supervised for machine-tool use between 9:00 and 17:00, with lunch break 13:00–14:00.

The workshop is fully equipped with woodworking hand-tools, and power tools as listed below:

Workshop machinery: 3-axis CNC router 1220mm x 2440mm bed, tilting arbour saws, wood lathes, metal lathe, band saws, morticer, planer thicknesser, bench grinder, bench drills, horizontal borer, bench mounting disc sander, belt linisher, panel saw. Spindle moulder and four sided planer (only operated by workshop staff).

Portable electric tools: Jigsaws, cordless drills, palm sander, belt sander, router, grinder, heat gun, pistol drills, plaster board driver, fret saw. Electric plane, biscuit jointer, circular saw, gas nail gun (under instruction only).


The Hooke Park estate comprises approximately 140 hectares of woodland, consisting mainly of spruce and beech trees planted in the 1950s. There are also stands of western red cedar, douglas fir and corsican pine, and of combined oak and spruce. In addition to the densely planted forest, there is a rich variety of woodland landscape, including recently felled clearings, hidden river valleys, an ancient willow coppice and a broadleaf coppice of ash, hazel, alder and poplar.

As Hooke Park is a working woodland, any activity that requires access to the forest or may otherwise affect the forest or the forestry activities should be indicated on the booking form so that access can be coordinated with the forester.


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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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.