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.


Dates: May 13 - 26, 2018
Spaces: 8
Apply by: April 8
Fee: £260


Dates: Aug 28 - Sept 22, 2018
Spaces: 16
Apply by: June 17
Fee: £495


SummerBuild and MayBuild are open to applicants from all backgrounds. We seek interesting and interested people. The fee for the two-week MayBuild is £260 and the four-week SummerBuild £495. This fee includes lodging on site including weekends, Mon-Fri lunches, and Mon-Weds evening meals (evening meals only available during September build phase). Please note you will require an AA Membership to participate in either session (one year Visiting Membership available for £60).

To apply please email with:

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


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 a mandatory site safety training session.

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).

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.


Participants will 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.