Building skill in Summer

Educating in the field; a residential summer school for students

Length: three weeks

Each year, through a series of lectures, workshops, drawing and building exercises and field trips, Summer School participants develop an in-depth knowledge of traditional building and repair techniques and how these can be applied in the 21st century.

What does the course Involve?

The next Summer School will be held in London and Scotland. It will run from 13 July - 1 August 2015

After an initial week introducing drawing, geometry and structure exercises, as well as architectural drawing tours, students travel into the field to study architectural development and history. They work together with local expert craft teams to learn craft and conservation skills in the fields, amongst others, of timber, thatching, cob and dry stone walling and lime plastering.  

The programme ends with a weeklong design workshop. This includes public consultations, design modelling and technical drawing. Local Residents and a panel of experts are drawn together to choose the winning design, which is then built by Building Craft Apprentices

Who can apply?

Anyone is welcome to apply but the Building Skill in Summer programme will particularly benefit any architects, developers, builders and craftspeople who are interested in building crafts and architecture, and how these factors respond to the local identity of historic contexts in a timeless and ecological way.

What it costs?

It is our goal deliver education that is affordable and accessible and we have a wide range of bursaries to support participation.  Please call or email us to discuss prices and the application process.

Applications for the 2015 summer school are now open. 

If you want to find out more before applying then Simon, our Education Manager, will be happy to help. You can contact Simon on 020 7613 8526, or