Summer Build Design + Make team assembling large laminated frames in the Big Shed. Hooke Park 2018

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Summer Build

Hooke Park

Tuesday 28 August – Saturday 22 September 2018

SummerBuild is a two/four week programme offering the opportunity to assist in the fabrication of experimental architecture at the AA's Hooke Park campus. Working alongside residential students of the Architectural Association's MArch/MSc Design + Make programme and the Hooke Park team, participants will be exposed to many aspects of timber building, from forestry operations to innovative robotic fabrication. The programme is open to architecture, design and engineering students and young professionals, as well as those from other backgrounds, who seek hands-on experience. In addition to participation in the build, a selection of informal evening lectures and tutorials will be offered by members of our teaching staff.

For 2018, participants will be involved in the ongoing construction of Wakeford Hall - a new academic building for the campus - which will include a library, lecture hall, and office. First moves were made on site last year with the erection of the Library's primary structure - a skeleton like frame made up of bespoke laminated timber components (progress on our Instagram). This year, we will continue work on the Library - fabricating a secondary structure and skin, while also developing its internal workings. Two build periods are scheduled during May and September.

For full information on SummerBuild // MayBuild visit:

For more information on the Design + Make programme and Hooke Park visit: //


To apply please email with:

  • 200 word letter of application
  • Short portfolio - website/PDF
  • MayBuild and/or SummerBuild preference
  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Address
  • Shoe Size (UK)

The deadline for applications is 17 June 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.


The fee for the four-week SummerBuild £495. This fee includes lodging on site including weekends, Mon-Fri lunches, and Mon-Weds evening meals for SummerBuild. Please note you will require an AA Membership to participate in either session (one year Visiting Membership available for £60).

SummerBuild is open to applicants from all backgrounds. We seek interesting and interested people.

Architectural Association
Hooke Park
Dorset DT8 3PH

Programme Heads

Martin Self is Director of Hooke Park and co-director of the Design + Make programme. He is an engineer and designer who has taught design and theory at the AA since 2004, and has provided structural engineering and form-finding consultancy within practices including Arup, Zaha Hadid Architects and Antony Gormley Studio.

Emmanuel Vercruysse is co-director of the Design + Make programme. He is an architect, artist, craftsman and robotics specialist, with in-depth experience of both traditional and digital craft. Emmanuel is co-founder of art practice LiquidFactory, the field robotics group RAVEN and a member of the design collective Sixteen Makers.

Studio Tutors

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

Martin Self
Emmanuel Vercruysse
Zachary Mollica
Jack Draper

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

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