The Architectural Drawing Summer School 2022 opens for student applications and calls for practice sponsorship


The Architectural Drawing Summer School is aimed at A-Level students with an interest in architecture and urbanism, and focuses specifically on how architects using drawing in practice. The five day, fully funded residential course will take place from Sunday 28th August to Friday 2nd September. Based in and around Bruton in Somerset, the programme will include workshops and projects based in a range of locations including Shatwell Farm, the home of Niall Hobhouse’s Drawing Matter archive and Hauser & Wirth Somerset.


The course is open to all students in A-Levels Year 1 and 2, and applications are especially welcome from pupils who may not otherwise have exposure to architecture as a career option. Places are awarded on the merit of submitted drawings and a brief written statement, and accommodation, tuition and drawing materials will be offered free of charge. The deadline for applications is 27 May 2022. Successful applicants will be informed by 6th June.

Practices are invited to support the programme by sponsoring full scholarships at £500 or half-scholarships at £250. Donors will be invited to review students’ work and meet with the course leaders and participants at a review day on September 2nd 2022.


Now in its sixth year, the Architectural Drawing Summer School was set up by Drawing Matter trustee Niall Hobhouse, and executive director of the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust Robert Bargery. The programme is supported by Professor Andrew Clancy of Kingston School of Art and Debbie Hillyerd of Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton School for Girls and media partner Architecture Today alongside a roster of educators, thinkers and practitioners.

The innovative pedagogy has been developed by Professor Clancy to build each student’s intuitive responses to the subject into a coherent understanding of the scope of architecture as a discipline. Each year he is supported by gifted young tutors who develop the teaching, and who work with small groups of students to ensure a high level of pastoral care and in depth conversation. This year two of these former tutors, and now experienced university lecturers, Nana Biamah-Ofosu and Sohanna Srinivasen will work with Andrew to expand the scope of the tuition and take the summer school forward to new horizons. 

Listen to Andrew Clancy and Nana Biamah-Ofosu in conversation with Architecture Today Editor Isabel Allen.