Architectural Drawing Summer School

Summer School 2020. Film by Elliot Lunn.

This year’s Architectural Drawing Summer School will run from 28 August to 2 September, with fifty students. The school was initiated in 2017 by Robert Bargery of the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust and Niall Hobhouse of Drawing Matter and developed in collaboration with Professor Andrew Clancy of Kingston School of Art and Debbie Hillyerd of Hauser & Wirth Somerset.

The course is designed to give A-Level students with an interest in architecture and the built environment an insight into how professional architects record what they see, how this information connects to the buildings they produce and how the process of drawing can be used to test and develop an idea. This is our sixth year and, with support from our partners Hauser & Wirth, the Architecture Foundation, Kingston University and UEL, and from many architectural practices, it remains entirely free. As always our recruitment has been focussed on students from diverse backgrounds. Find out more about how you can support us by sponsoring a student below.

Sponsor a student for the 2022 Summer School ➞

The Architectural Drawing Summer School has forged connections with leading educators, thinkers and practitioners. The programme has been widely praised by all students as providing an unrivalled insight into architecture as a subject, and their likely life in university.

We are grateful to all the tutors and individuals who make the ADSS possible, and to the many architectural professionals who have provided student scholarships over the years.

We are pleased to announce that the 2022 course will be generously part-sponsored by the Architecture Foundation and the University of East London. Applications are now closed for 2022. We are very grateful to everyone- students, teachers and supporters, including the many architectural practices who have agreed to sponsor places.

‘The tutors were super helpful in advising about university applications and interviews, even which schools to look at, which was great as before the course I felt quite stressed about applications as I had no opportunity to speak to someone who knew about those things…’  
– ADSS Student (2020)

‘I really liked the change in venues over the days, moving from Bruton to Shatwell and then Hauser & Wirth meant each day offered something new, plus each location is so inspiring. I also liked the mix of individual work, developing our sketchbooks how we chose, and then the more practical collaborative work.’
– ADSS Student (2020)

The Summer School is also a forum to develop tutors. If you have a desire to teach, and have not yet got an established post in a university, please click here to apply to be a tutor. 

Past Summer Schools

Students in the Drawing Matter archive during the 2021 Summer School. Photo: Matthew Blunderfield.

Architectural Drawing Summer School 5: 2021

26–31 August 2021

Andrew Clancy, Matthew Blunderfield, Sohanna Srinivasan, and Yassir Ibrahim with Thomas Bryans.

Organised by the Drawing Matter Trust, Hauser & Wirth Somerset and Kingston University.

Final crit at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2019 Architectural Drawing Summer School. Photo: Vincent Evans

Architectural Drawing Summer School 4: 2020

24–29 August 2020

Andrew Clancy, Eleanor Beaumont, Marwa El Mubark, and Oscar Mather.

Organised by the Drawing Matter Trust, Hauser & Wirth Somerset and Kingston University in collaboration with Bruton School for Girls and Queens Belfast, Cardiff and Dundee Universities.

Architectural Drawing Summer School 3: 2019

24–29 August 2019

Andrew Clancy, Michael Badu, William Guthrie, David Magennis, Joe Howland, Giulia Furlan and Julia Cramer.

Supported by the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust in association with Drawing Matter, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Kingston School of Art, Queens University Belfast and Bruton School for Girls.

Students outside Stephen Taylor’s Haybarn during the 2018 Summer School.

Architectural Drawing Summer School 2: 2018

25–30 August 2018

Andrew Clancy, Catherine Blaney, Laura Evans, Elli Farant, and Tommy Jay.

Watch a film of the 2018 Summer School here.

Organised by The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust, Drawing Matter, Kingston School of Art, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Queens University Belfast, and Bruton School for Girls.

Painting by Summer School student Talia Dalton.

Architectural Drawing Summer School 1: 2017

26 August–2 September 2017

Andrew Clancy, Nana Biamah-Ofusu, Niall Hobhouse, and Bushra Mohamed.

Read a reflection on the first Summer School by tutors Nana Biamah-Ofosu & Bushra Mohamed; and programme notes by Andrew Clancy.

Organised by The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust, Drawing Matter, Kingston School of Art, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, and Wells Cathedral School.