Princes Foundation Summer School

Our popular Summer School teaches professionals, graduates, and the public how traditional and sustainable building crafts can be applied today in order to design, build and preserve sustainable communities.

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Start date: 9 July 2018

Duration: 3 weeks

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


Our crafts and architecture Summer School teaches how traditional building repair techniques can be applied to meet the challenges of the 21st century. It’s an intensive three-week course, aimed at architects, planners, developers, builders and craftspeople.

The programme is based at The Prince’s Foundation’s headquarters in Shoreditch, London’s creative quarter, and at the Dumfries House Estate in Ayrshire, Scotland – one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes, saved by the intervention of HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007.

Your first week of the Summer School begins in London. It will involve drawing classes, geometry and structure exercises as well as architectural tours, before you travel into the field to study architectural development and history.

At the Dumfries House Estate, you will work together with local expert craft teams to learn craft and conservation skills in the fields of timber, thatching, stonemasonry, lime plastering and pargetting.

The programme ends with a weeklong design workshop, during which you will form groups, and create a design proposal for a live project. This involves public consultations, design modelling and technical drawing. A panel of stakeholders are drawn together to choose the winning design, which will be built by participants on our Building Craft Programme. 



There are no entry requirements in terms of past experience. Anyone is welcome to apply but the 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.

Professionals: £3750

UK students: £1875

Including tuition, materials, accommodation, travel and most meals.

If you are an international student or institution interested in your students attending the Summer School please contact us using the details below.

To apply or find out more about the programme, please contact: Lauren Banks, Programme Coordinator


  T: 020 7613 8582