Architectural Summer School, 24 – 29 AUG 2023


The application deadline has now passed, with a record number of outstanding entries.

Architectural Drawing Summer School students, photo: Clare Walsh

The following information is for Summer School applicants. Those interested in sponsoring student places should click here. We are also accepting applications for tutors; for more information, click here.

If you are an A level student and you have an interest in studying architecture, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the subject with some of the best lecturers teaching architecture in the UK.

Places are allocated on merit, and are free to successful applicants thanks to our partners and backers, so read on to see how to make use of this unrivalled chance for extended tuition in a fun-filled week in Somerset.

The Summer School has been offering a unique fully-funded opportunity to students since 2016 and has been widely praised by all students as providing an unrivalled insight into architecture and the associated professions. Find out more about previous years here. This year, we are broadening the territory covered by the course to embrace landscape alongside architecture. We welcome students in the first or second year of their A levels, and are happy to receive multiple applications from one school.

We are looking for intelligent and communicative young people with a keen interest in their environment, an inquisitive attitude and a positive approach to learning. We particularly welcome applicants from low-income households. Our intention is to give young people an opportunity, at what could be a pivotal point in their intellectual development, an understanding of the built and cultivated environment, and access to insights and skills that are not taught in secondary schools.

During the week, students will be exposed to conversations and exercises set by leading thinkers in architectural and landscape education today. The programme introduces students to architecture through a wide range of activities including drawing, discussion, practical experimentation, and collaborative learning. A key part of the course is creating a network of contacts with other students, accelerating personal insight and position, in a simulacrum of university life.

This is a free residential summer school; bed and board is provided by Sherborne International School and is fully funded. Workshops take place at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Drawing Matter and in and around the towns of Sherborne and Bruton.

The Summer School is organised and funded by Drawing Matter, Hauser & Wirth, and Kingston School of Art and and has been able to grow thanks to generous sponsorship from leading architects including Eric Parry, Peter Wilson and Niall McLaughlin.


Applications can be made directly by students or on their behalf by teachers who nominate them. In both cases the process is the same, and can be done by post or email.
Deadline for applications is 29 May 2023. Please carefully follow the instructions as the large volume of applications requires it!

Please send to
Prof Andrew Clancy, Kingston School of Art, Knights Park Campus, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2QJ

Send to:
Subject: SUMMER SCHOOL 23 APPLICATION (emails without this exact subject will be missed)


  1. A brief (200 words maximum) statement from the pupil listing the things they are most curious about in the design of buildings or landscapes. This is not a trick question, the most honest answers are the best. The student’s name must be included at the head of the text, surname first.
  2. A maximum of 4 x A4 size sheets demonstrating the student’s work—this can be sketches, drawings, models, paintings etc. These can be originals or reproductions as the student sees fit. It should be noted, however, that these entries cannot be returned. Include the students name on every sheet, surname first.
  3. A completed copy of the Cover Sheet for Entries.

There is likely to be considerable competition for the forty-five places available, so this supporting material will be a key part of the selection process.

Offers of places will be made to nominators by 15 June 2023 and will be conditional on parental/carer consent. Students can apply directly or be nominated by a teacher. If you know someone who would enjoy the course do encourage them to apply. Nominators of pupils attending the Summer School will be invited to a concluding exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, on 29 August.

A film made by Stella Forde a student from the 2021 Summer School