2020 Application Opens

5 – 26 July 2020

What can architects do the developing world when traditional craft seems to be overwhelmed by industrial commodities? Join us in a 2-Week Design Workshop this summer in Cambodia to find out.


Summer workshop 2019 - But does it float?

Six months in a year, the southwest monsoon drenches Cambodia with torrential downpour.  Central to the ideological and physical manifestation of Khmer culture is the ability to evade, absorb, and rise above murky waters. 

This year we will investigate water as a primary source of sustenance and influence for both Angkorian craftsmen and Khmer modernist architects. We will continue our search for Praxis - the manner in which architects are engaged with the world. From tracing the anthropocene along Mekong River to gliding in palm tree canoes documenting vernacular stilt houses, we will journey through water. Working with three scales, the body, the house and the city, we will use the two-week workshop to build a structure that sail through Takeo.

Departing from land, architecture confronts gravity with buoyancy.  We will repurpose local materials and challenges local construction methods; play a vital role in hosting the summer festivities. But, does it float?

Workshop Details

Date: 15 – 29 July 2019

Location: Takeo, Cambodia

Deadline: 30 June 2019

Standard Fees: £595 (includes £60 AA membership)

Scholarships Available

A CV and one drawing / image of your work is required.

Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed


  • We will work in groups to develop a personal design brief within the local context.


  • Through photography, hand-drawings and model making, we will test how architectural knowledge can be communicated and translated into 1:1 maquettes



  • We will make a day trip to Phnom Penh and see the most important modern architecture of Cambodia by Vann Molyvann. Pen Sereypagna, Director of the Vann Molyvann Project, will take us on a walking-tour through his work.


  • We will work closely with local workshops and craftsman to materialise our designs. Juggling between the role of a client, architect and laborer we search for the unique design potential latent within each position.   


  • Thnout Village School will be our workshop and site where we share our projects with the students and their families. Our interventions will be a celebration of how the pursuit of education and design can bring communities together.


To Apply


The workshop is open to any levels of architecture and design students, PhD candidates and young professionals. We accept students with background in art or design and must enjoy collaboration and teamwork.

Early Bird Deadline: 15 June 2019 (10% off!)

Standard Fees: £595 (includes £60 AA membership)

We offer 6 full-scholarships (5 Cambodian and 1 International)

If interested, please email your application statement and portfolio to james.mak@littledream.org

get in touch

Thanks for your interest in our work.  We’d love to hear from you, perhaps over a coffee sometime?

For scholarships | james.mak@littledream.org

For general enquires | visitingschool@aaschool.ac.uk

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