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Robotic Fabrications Hooke Park, Robotic Fabrications 2016

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Robotic Fabrications

Hooke Park, Dorset

Thursday 26 July – Sunday 5 August 2018

The aim of this workshop is to provide a hands-on introduction to the versatile world of robotics by prototyping complex and large-scale timber structures with digital tools. Merging timber construction with cutting-edge robotic fabrication and 3D scanning technologies, this approach enables traditional making techniques to be re-invented as innovative processes for architecture.

In this sense conventional tools gain an augmented level of precision and control when wielded by the large robot, allowing users to perform operations with surgical precision. Through rigorous physical testing we will prototype design tactics which make use of the extraordinary accuracy and flexibility of multi-axis robotic machining.

Robotic Fabrications aims to foster a critical approach towards design-through-making where making is central to the act of design.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

  • A pro-active introduction to the exciting world of robotics: participants will become familiar with the robot arm through the teaching pendant
  • Exploring software and robot machining strategies that will allow and assist us with the generation of suitable geometry and toolpaths
  • Exploring the ancient traditions of Japanese joinery. This visiting school will focus on translating this dexterous craft full of poetry and skill into a movement pattern and choreography for the robot
  • Engaging with advanced 3D Scanning Technologies that will inform and steer our design parameters.
  • On-site fabrication and assembly of a prototype roof structure for the foundry building at Hooke Park
  • Participants will have the opportunity to live in the idyllic forest of Hooke Park and learn about the different species that make up the forest ecosystem which forms both our material library and site

Hooke Park, Hooke, Beaminster DT8 3PH


1) Applicants need to email us a short portfolio before completing the online form. Please send your portfolio to

2) To complete your application go to the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page and pay the full amount.

3) Once your portfolio has been accepted and  the online application completed, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is 13 July 2018


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £995 for students and £1495 for professionals.

If you are a student, please email us at with a copy of your student ID to receive the concession code.

Fees include accommodation at Hooke Park, 3 meals per day and a £60 Visiting membership fee. Participants need to bring their own laptops, digital equipment and model making tools. 

The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, young professionals and anyone interested in the relationship between fabrication and technology.

Programme Head
Emmanuel Vercruysse is an artist, architect and craftsman with a passion for design-through-making. Trained in both furniture design and architecture he works through iterations of drawing, craft and code, and approaches design as a tacit process that oscillates between intuitive acts and precise operations.
He is co-director of AA Design and Make at Hooke Park, co-founder of art practice LiquidFactory, the field robotics group RAVEN and a member of the design collective Sixteen Makers. 
Emmanuel is also a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, where he was unit master of MArch Unit 23 for 8 years, and lead the Robotics and Cad-Cam research lab (2009-2015), overseeing its development into one of the UK’s leading design fabrication facilities.


Programme Head
Emmanuel Vercruysse

Course Tutor
Zachary Molicca

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.