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Make Lab

Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 April 2018

MakeLAB is a five-day workshop that explores new modes of design conception through both computer-aided architectural design and fabrication experiments. Making full use of Hooke Park’s forestry and workshop resources, this programme offers a unique opportunity to explore innovative structures and methodologies at 1:1 scale.

This year the program will revolve around the theme of ‘nomadic living’, creating ‘off-the-grid’ inhabitable architectural spaces that can be relocated at different sites and in different contexts. Understanding performative aspects such as the filtering of light, views and privacy applicable to architectural envelopes, we will explore and construct prototypical systems that can be adapted within the sites of Dorset and London.

The workshop will culminate in a single collective project, assisted by specialist tutors from 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.


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: Monday 2 April 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 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.

Hooke Park
Dorset DT8 3PH


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, including an excursion to a local seaside restaurant and a barbeque on the final evening. Participants need to make their own travel arrangements to and from Hooke Park which can be reached by train or car from London.

Participants need to bring their own camera equipment and laptops with the latest version of Rhino and Grasshopper installed.

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, academics and professionals. As the number of places for this workshop is limited, please apply early to avoid disappointment.

Programme Head
Jeroen van Ameijde is Unit Master of Intermediate Unit 6 at the Architectural Association in London and has been teaching at the AA the since 2007. 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. He is the co-founder and director of Urban Systems, an office specialising in generative design methodologies which is currently developing several large scale projects in China.


Programme Head
Jeroen van Ameijde

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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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.