Aug 29 - Sept 23, 2017

SummerBuild is a four-week programme offering the opportunity to assist in the construction of experimental timber buildings at the Architectural Association's Hooke Park campus. Working alongside students of the Design + Make programme and the Hooke Park team participants will be exposed to many aspects of timber architecture from forestry operations to 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 of timber fabrication in a rural environment. Participants are supervised and are expected to work on fabrication and construction activities Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Additionally, a few informal evening lectures and software tutorials will be offered by members of our teaching staff.


SummerBuild 2017 follows previous years’ work on projects including:


SummerBuild is open to applicants from all backgrounds. We seek interesting and interested people. To apply, please send an email to with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Address
  • 200 word letter of application
  • Short portfolio of relevant work - links or PDF ( < 10MB)

The fee for this four week programme is £495. This fee includes lodging on site and weekday lunches. Please note you will require an AA Membership to participate in SummerBuild (One year Visiting Membership is available for £60).

The application deadline is August 1, but applicants are recommended to submit as early as possible, as positions are limited.


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 - travel information.


During the work week, lunches will be provided in the Refectory. Meals are vegetarian, please inform us of any other dietary needs by email.


Participants will live on site in Westminster Lodge, a comfortable dormitory with shared same-sex twin rooms, each with en-suite washroom and shower pods. Bedding is provided – participants must bring their own towels and toiletries.