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Furnishing the Landscape Hooke Park Maeda WS 2019, Valerie Bennet.

Furnishing the Landscape

Maeda Workshop in Hooke Park

Monday 22 – Saturday 27 June 2020

This one week workshop will take place in Hooke Park, the Architectural Association’s working forest in Dorset, south-west England. The woodland is a mixture of broadleaved and conifer species that provide the prime source of timber for construction activities.
Following the ethical premise, of using the immediate material resource for building, the workshop will continue its explorations on the structural usage of greenwood, thinning and spin-off materials from the forestry cycle.
This year aims to build “Structure of Behaviour”; a platform that will enhance the usage of the outdoor dining area, that stand the previously constructed pizza oven and its roof structure, by directly responding to the given textural details and landform.
The Work methods include mapping of micro-topography with 3-d scanning, fabrications by bending and binding.


1) Due to limited availability, participation is dependent on review of the application form by the Programme Head, please complete the form and send this through to the Visiting School Office.

2) If you are not yet an AA member, then please subscribe for membership as we can only consider applicants who are AA members.

3) If you are already an AA member, please include your membership ID number when you submit your PDF application form. Please make sure that you are an AA member before the start date of the programme.

The deadline for applications is: 1 June 2020.


The fee for Maeda Visiting School is £380 (including the £60 membership fee) and is only applicable to non-AA students and staff. Fees include food and accommodation in Hooke Park for the duration of the workshop.

If your application is successful, the Visiting School Office will be in touch and provide you with the instructions for payment. The fee is not applicable for AA students and staff.  Students need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools.

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 responsible for securing their own travel and health insurance. Please ensure that your travel insurance also covers your personal belongings i.e. laptop, equipment, tools, passport etc. The AA takes no responsibility for lost/ stolen property.

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.


Programme Head
Shin Egashira

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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

Links & Downloads

PDF Application Form

Programme site


Visiting School Prospectus


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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.