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New Vernaculars

Saturday 14 – Sunday 22 July 2018

The New Vernaculars Visiting School explores how contemporary 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, craftspeople and ecologists, the workshop will produce a collection of small buildings to test both innovative design ideas and methods of construction. At the core of each project lies an interest in locally sourced skills and materials, the accommodation of landscape and wildlife within architecture, community engagement, and interdisciplinary practice.

In 2018 we will continue working with Kingcombe Wildlife Centre, located a few miles from Hooke Park – the AA’s rural campus in West Dorset. The project will focus on the second phase of a riverside boardwalk and outdoor classroom / events space that was started last year.

During the workshop, we'll make studio visits to local craftspeople such as the furniture-maker Alice Blogg, explore the landscape with conservationist Nick Grey, and be joined by visiting lecturer Edmund Fowles

Key skills learned: 

  • Carpentry & timber framing
  • Construction
  • Forest management 
  • Design 
  • Free-hand drawing 
  • Community Engagement 
  • Presentation
  • Collaboration 


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 13 July 2018.

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.

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.

All participants are reponsible for their own insurance including travel and health insurance. All participants also need to ensure that any equipment and valuable items such as laptops are covered by their own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen.


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £755 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee.

Fees do not include flights.

Two full-fee scholarships are available; applicants should send a CV, portfolio and cover letter explaining their financial need to by 1st June, 2018.

All participants will need to make a contribution of £180 towards food and accomodation at Hooke Park (to be paid via the Visiting School during the application process).

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

Programme Head

Clementine Blakemore is the director of a London-based practice, Clementine Blakemore Architecture. She is currently working on a range of projects, including a music room for a primary school in Buckinghamshire, and a residential conversion in London. Previous clients include the UK Green Building Council, the Design Museum, Brent Council, and two educational NGOs in India.With a strong belief in collaboration and the process of learning through making, she regularly leads design/build workshops, and has taught on the Architectural Association’s Visiting School programme for the past six years. Prior to starting her own practice, Clementine 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 Architectural Association, and the Royal College of Art.

Programme Tutors

Alex Thomas is a Cambridge trained architect and timber frame carpenter, who co-directs Timber Workshop in Devon. 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.

Alice Blogg grew up in Dorset where she was given the freedom to pursue creative interests from an early age. Although university and her career took her to Manchester and London she returned to Dorset to establish her business. Her workshop is nestled in a beautiful wooded area looking out to Eggardon Hill across the rolling West Dorset countryside. It is this environment that provides not just the inspiration for her work but the raw materials too. She developed her woodworking skills working for a joinery firm by day and making her own furniture by night. She started to undertake commissions in 2010 and soon after opened her workshop. ‘Establishing my business here, providing apprenticeships and employment, making the products of my imagination that clients will live with for a lifetime is the fulfillment of a dream’. Knowing the origin of the timber, bringing out its beauty, letting the timber sing – this intimate understanding of the material, often found literally at her feet, is Alice’s life.


Programme Head
Clementine Blakemore

Programme Tutors
Alex Thomas
Alice Blogg

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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F +44 20 7414 0782

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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.