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MOA will be offering an intensive 10-day design-build Architectural Association (AA London) Visiting School program

SMALL PROJECT STUDIO is an intensive 10-day design-build Architectural Association (AA London) Visiting School program based in the rural community of Guemes Island, Washington State, USA, that 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 provides students with a unique experience living and working in an idyllic location as part of a small community with limited resources. Working in a small team of twelve, with expert guidance, students will collaborate on designing and constructing in wood using a blend of site construction and CAD/CAM techniques.

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

More information on AA’s Visiting School Programs can be found here:


Guemes Island, Washington State, USA


  • 5th August: Student Arrival

  • 6th August: Introduction

    · History and theory of the housing core concept

    · History and theory of low-impact living

    · History and theory of prefabricated housing processes

    Construction techniques, considerations, and safety

    Design charrettes

  • 7th August: Design Development

  • 8th -15th August: Drawing / Fabrication / Production and Construction

  • 16th August: Student Departure


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

Students selected after interview are registered onto the programme. Please note that a deposit payment holds your place on the course but does not confirm it.


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


Small Project Studio will set up a live / work project base camp in a remote forest location on Guemes Island. Shared kitchen and bathroom facility will be provided along with tent and cot sleeping space. Students should expect camp-like conditions with elements of rustic accommodation and shared spaces. Meals will be organized on site with costs divided collectively. Additional Details will be provided to participating students.


Program Fee will be 1600 GBP.

Personal Travel to and from Guemes Island, WA USA is 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 traveling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required and are advised to contact their home embassy early. An official letter can be issued by the Program Heads confirming enrollment onto the program once an applicant has settled their full fees, this letter can be used when applying for a visa as supporting documents. Due to the program length it is recommended that Students apply for a tourism Visa.


While on site the AA provides students insurance for the project construction activities. All participants are responsible for securing their own travel and health insurance for personal travel / activities. Please ensure that your travel insurance also covers your personal belongings ie laptop, equipment, tools, passport etc. The AA takes no responsibility for lost/stolen property.



Mark E Breeze is a licensed architect (NCARB, AIA, LEED AP, GCSD) who combines interdisciplinary practice (Principal, Spatial Realities), research (Founding Chair, University of Cambridge Sustainable Shelter Group), design teaching (Architectural Association), and environmental design advocacy (Founding UK Sustainability Chair, American Institute of Architects). His current practice, research, and teaching explores the 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 has worked in New York, Boston, London, and Beijing on residential projects with Selldorf Architects, commercial projects with Foster + Partners, education projects with Perry Dean, cultural projects with MJ Long and Colin St John Wilson, and film projects with Discovery and Dreamworks.

Mark received his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate from the University of Cambridge as a University Senior Scholar, and his professional architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design as a John F. Kennedy Scholar. He has held fellowships at The Huntington Los Angeles, the US Library of Congress, and the University of Oxford, and he was nominated and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of his interdisciplinary practice. Mark regularly participates in design juries in the UK and the US.


Dustin is co-founder of Mobile Office Architects, a design-build practice with a unique passion and skill set centered around high-quality small-housing, issues of mobility, and nomadic structures. Dustin practices in the Master Builder tradition, where design and construction processes are fully integrated and intimately inform one another. Dustin’s construction and fabrication experience extends back over 20 years, with specialization in complex projects/sites, 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 Exhibition, AIA Emerging Professionals Exhibition, AIA Citation Award for Residential Construction, the Architizer A-Plus Awards, 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 US Environmental Protection Agency Lifecycle Building Challenge.

Dustin received his architectural training at the University of Washington where he received the Faculty Design Award and Award for Highest Scholarship; 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 at the University of California Berkeley, University of Washington, Woodbury University, University of Southern California, and University of California Los Angeles architecture programs.

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