Design-Build Program – Guemes, WA, USA | Jobs


The MOA will offer an intensive 10-day design-build program from the Architectural Association (AA London) Visiting School

SMALL PROJECT STUDIO is an intensive 10-day design-build program by the Architectural Association (AA London) based in the rural community of Guemes Island, Washington State, USA, which explores and tests new models of housing, nomadic structures and direct design. -build output processes.

Based in the San Juan Islands archipelago, the Guemes Island Community offers students a unique experience of living and working in an idyllic location within a small community with limited resources. Working in a small team of twelve, with expert guidance, students will collaborate on design and timber construction using a mix of on-site construction and CAD/CAM techniques.

In 2022, SMALL PROJECT STUDIO will explore an efficiency-based approach of using a mass-produced, environmentally friendly housing core. Students will design, build, and test a basic modular system that not only provides a high level of design and construction quality, but also flexibility allowing for a variety of formal outcomes. On-site lectures on the history and theory of basic housing, design-build processes and low-impact living will be complemented by workshops on building techniques, supported by program staff of architects and of experienced builders. Building on a pilot Small Project Studio summer workshop held in 2021 and the two instructors’ deep experience in the theory and practice of domestic architecture, students will use and develop a range of architectural skills: students will engage in a full arc design-build project as they reconsider what housing can be and can do in the near future, where environmental impact considerations (from embodied energy to cycle design life), cost, speed of construction, durability and quality of life are unavoidable, even imperative.

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Guemes Island, Washington State, United States


  • August 5: arrival of students

  • August 6: Presentation

    History and theory of housing core concept

    Low impact life history and theory

    · History and theory of prefabricated house processes

    Construction techniques, considerations and safety

    design charrette

  • August 7: Design Development

  • August 8 to 15: Design / Manufacturing / Production and Construction

  • August 16: Departure of students


To apply, please send a cover letter, CV and link or portfolio attachment (max 20MB) to Please label the subject of your email “Application for 2022 Small Project Studio – [Your Surname]”. The application deadline will be May 30, 2022 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for online interviews.

Students selected after interview are enrolled in the program. Please note that a deposit holds your place on the course but does not confirm it.


Small Project Studio is open to all current or recently graduated architecture students. Candidates should have established experience and strong dexterity with an architectural design process. Construction experience is not required; however, the candidate must be prepared for the rigors of a harsh construction environment. There will be dirt, dust, frequent use of power tools and a demanding schedule – all typical of a construction process. Appropriate advice, safety training and safety procedures will be provided.


Small Project Studio will set up a life/work project base camp in a remote forest location on Guemes Island. A shared kitchen and bathroom will be provided as well as a tent and cot sleeping area. Students should expect camp-like conditions with elements of rustic accommodation and shared spaces. Meals will be organized on site with costs shared collectively. Further details will be provided to participating students.


The program fee will be 1600 GBP.

Personal trips to and from Guemes Island, WA USA are not included. It is recommended that students arrive and depart from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and use bus transportation to the ferry terminal in Anacortes, WA. Details will be provided to participating students.


All participants coming from abroad are responsible for obtaining any required visas and are advised to contact their home embassy as soon as possible. An official letter can be issued by the heads of programs confirming enrollment in the program once the applicant has paid their full fees, this letter can be used when applying for a visa as supporting documentation. Due to the length of the program, it is recommended that students apply for a tourist visa.


While on site, the AA provides students with insurance for project construction activities. All participants are responsible for obtaining their own travel and health insurance for personal trips/activities. Please ensure that your travel insurance also covers your personal belongings i.e. laptop, equipment, tools, passport etc. The AA assumes no responsibility for loss or theft of property.



Mark E Breeze is a Chartered Architect (NCARB, AIA, LEED AP, GCSD) who combines interdisciplinary practice (Principal, Spatial Realities), research (Founding Chair, University of Cambridge Sustainable Shelter Group), design education (Architectural Association) and the environment. promotion of design (Founding UK Sustainability Chair, American Institute of Architects). Her current practice, research and teaching explores theories, practices and forms of sustainable shelter. His award-winning interdisciplinary work has been exhibited at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal, the Barbican, the IWM and the Royal College of Art. Previously, he worked in New York, Boston, London and Beijing on residential projects with Selldorf Architects, commercial projects with Foster + Partners, educational projects with Perry Dean, cultural projects with MJ Long and Colin St John Wilson and film projects with Discovery. and Dreamworks.

Mark earned his BA, MA, and PhD from the University of Cambridge as a senior university researcher, and his professional architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design as a John F. Kennedy Scholar. He has held fellowships at Huntington Los Angeles, the United States Library of Congress, and the University of Oxford, and he was appointed and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of his interdisciplinary practice. Mark regularly sits on design juries in the UK and US.


Dustin is co-founder of Mobile Office Architects, a design-build firm with a unique passion and skill set focused on high quality small housing, mobility issues and nomadic structures. Dustin practices in the tradition of the master builders, where the design and construction processes are fully integrated and inform each other intimately. Dustin’s construction and fabrication experience stretches back over 20 years, with a specialization in complex project/site, prefabrication approaches, and mobility/kinetics. Dustin’s work has been widely published and recognized, including projects featured in the New York Architecture League’s Emerging Professionals Exhibit, AIA Emerging Professionals Exhibit, AIA Citation Award for Residential Construction, Architizer A-Plus Awards, the International Design Awards, the AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Buildings, Waterfront Center Design Awards, Boston Society of Architects Sustainable Design Award, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Lifecycle Building Challenge.

Dustin received his architectural training at the University of Washington where he received the Faculty Design Award and the Highest Scholarship Award; and the Harvard Graduate School of Design where his work in architectural design and structures was recognized with distinction. Dustin has been invited as a jury critic to architecture programs at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Washington, the University of Woodbury, the University of Southern California and the University of California at Los Angeles.

Abdul J. Gaspar