Leading Hooke Park
Headquarters V2 - a highlight reel showing our Design + Make students' working methods produced by Kate Davies and NK Kuo.
The Architectural Association’s forest campus. For three years I had the pleasure to lead the AA’s unusual second home, its staff team and students.
Hooke Park is a unique space blending camping, hi-tech workshops and design studio within a 350 acre working forest. Arriving in 2014 as a postgraduate student, four years into working on the site I was tasked with taking on its management and direction as Warden. In parallel, I would continue on as a lecturer and the primary studio tutor to the MArch/MSc Design + Make program.
Leading a diverse staff including architects, craftspeople, designers, engineers, roboteers, a forester and more, every day in Hooke Park was something new. Working closely with school director Eva Franch i Gilabert, the school’s senior management, and tutors and students across the school, I was responsible for heading the development of Hooke as a unique academic facility, public resource, and site of leading architectural research. We did too much in these years to list, but a few favourites include:
- Launch and leadership of the AA Wood Lab
- Development of the Hooke Park Build Visiting School
- Work with the entire team to see through numerous ambitious student projects
- Advancing 3D scanning work at the scale of the forest as a tool for engagement
- Hosting a day long tree planting party for 300 new students - the school’s largest event by far in the woods!