Summer Build Hooke Park 2018

Summer Build

Hooke Park

Wednesday 28 August – Saturday 21 September 2019

SummerBuild is an intensive short programme assisting in the physical production of experimental architecture at the AA’s Hooke Park campus. Working on active projects participants will be exposed to many aspects of timber building – from forestry operations, to traditional building methods, to innovative robotic fabrication. Successful applicants will receive exact details of this year's brief as the programme approaches. In addition to participation in building activities, a selection of evening tutorials introduce participants to digital design tools employed in our work such as Grasshopper and 3D scanning with photogrammetry.


SummerBuild is open to applicants from all backgrounds. We seek interesting and interested people.
To apply please complete the application form before the closing deadline of 20 June 2019. For all inquiries please contact

The payment deadline for this workshop is: July 15 2019.

Two half-fee bursaries are available to exceptional applicants on the basis of portfolio quality and clarity of motivation.


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 fee for this three-and-a-half week programme is £750. Fees include lodging on site (inc. weekends), Mon-Fri lunches, and Mon-Weds evening meals. Please note you will require an AA Membership to participate (one year Visiting Membership available for £60).


Architectural Association
Hooke Park
Dorset DT8 3PH

Getting to Hooke: Hooke Park (DT8 3PH) is located about 3 miles south east of the town of Beaminster, close to the village of Hooke. Travel is available by car or train (more info).

Additional Information

Work Week: Participants will work and be supervised on fabrication and construction activities from Monday to Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM. Each session starts with mandatory safe working inductions.

Meals on Site: Meals provided in Hooke Park's Refectory are vegetarian. Please advise us of any allergies or dietary requirements. Additionally, participants have access to a fully equipped kitchen for non-catered meals.

Accommodation: Participants live on site in Westminster Lodge, a dormitory with shared same-sex twin rooms, each with en-suite washroom and shower pods. Bedding is provided – participants are required to bring their own towel and toiletries.


As Design + Make's studio tutor Zachary Mollica supports the ongoing development of student projects. An architect and maker, his work explores the integration of innovative digital methodologies such as 3D scanning alongside traditional craft knowledge. Zac is a graduate of Design + Make from 2016 and is responsible for coordinating the MayBuild and SummerBuild programmes.

Jack Draper leads the fabrication process for Design + Make. His knowledge of craft and experience in making serve to help deliver complex and challenging projects as well as enriching what the students learn through their making - contributing to a culture of design which fuses tacit knowledge and haptic design processes with cutting edge technology.


Programme Heads
Zachary Mollica
Jack Draper

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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

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