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What is Builders' Society?
As a student in either architectural or carpentry education you can apply to participate in this year’s summer school and build a tiny home in a team collaboration.
Your application, including motivation letter and portfolio, should:
show a selection of your best previous designs and works
demonstrate your interest and/or expertise in working on 1:1 works
show your enthusiasm for and/or experience with working with wood
express your ideas on the topic of tiny living
The first step in your application is filling out the Registration Form. You don't need to upload your portfolio at this step, this is just for us to be able to reach you and keep you updated with any changes regarding the Summer School.
COMPULSORY PART OF YOUR APPLICATION
2. Submit your application documents
Your application is to be handed in online and will consist of:
COMPULSORY PART OF YOUR APPLICATION
I. MOTIVATION LETTER
In a motivation letter of maximum 500 words, please describe your interest in attending the Hello Wood Summer School, what you expect from it, your relevant experiences, why you would be a valuable addition to the Hello Wood community, and what you find interesting in the topic of this year’s summer school.
Hello Wood is an independent democratic educational platform that is constantly testing new collaborative work processes. It's an academy that challenges student-teacher, client-designer hierarchies at work. Referencing this, you may also include aspects that, based on your experiences, are missing from the current architectural education that could be complemented by your attendance at the Hello Wood Summer School.
Please include all relevant work samples, including images of projects, models, installations, structural experiments that you think best demonstrate your skills and experience in working with material. Samples demonstrating your experience with fabrication or working in a wood workshop are welcome.
If you have participated in a Hello Wood summer school before, you don't need to include a portfolio, as we are already familiar with your experience and expertise. However, we still ask you to respond to some of the proposed questions, as these are relevant to this year's debate specifically.
III. PRESENTATION TOPIC (optional)
Our summer school is a uniquely democratic educational platform, challenging traditional models of student-teacher synergies at work and testing democratic work practices. To promote student involvement in the debate, this year we would like to include student presentations in the lecture series. Please let us know if you have a topic or a design project you would like to share in a short 10 min presentation. Please describe the topic in one - maximum 2 short sentences. This could be your undergraduate or graduate thesis work, dissertation or student research at any level related to the Project Village programme of Hello Wood Summer School.
Note that you can have a successful application without proposing a presentation topic!
However if you do we are encouraging you to share it with us and become part of the debate!
If you would like to present as part of the lecture series, please tell us about it in a short email sent to email@example.com
The student application period falls between January and May.
If you apply earlier, you will get the result earlier! On the last day of each month we will send you the results IF we have received your application documents 1 week prior to the end of the month. For example, if you send your application on the 20th of February, we guarantee you that you will get feedback by the 28th of February.
This way, those who want to make summer plans on time will know soon enough whether they will be participating in the next Hello Wood Summer School. Also, by applying earlier your chances could be bigger too - as the final deadline gets closer, the number of applications triple, and the competition grows higher.
We encourage everyone who wants to join the programme to hand in their application, sooner the better.
WHY DO I NEED TO APPLY?
WHAT DOES HELLO WOOD OFFER?
- A chance to work with internationally acclaimed professionals, academics, who will be leading the teams.
- A real team work, where your design skills will be challenged and tested, but most importantly essential to complete the best possible project.
- A chance to be part of the Hello Wood debate!
- The projects will be published in local and international publications.
- High professional standards giving you an extraordinary project for your portfolio and improving your professional skills.
- A social experience you’ll never forget!
ABOUT THE TEAMS AND PROJECT LEADERS
Hello Wood’s installations will be realised by groups of approximately 10-20 architect, designer, art and carpenter students. Every team will have a workshop leader who is responsible for the design and makes sure everything goes the way it was planned. Each team works on their own project.
PROJECT LEADERS AND LECTURERS:
Projects will be finalised and built by the students along with the team leaders, based on the winning concepts proposed by the team leaders prior to the workshop. Projects of the summer school are based on the ideas proposed by professionals and academics applying to lead a workshop. The final project list and professionals leading the workshops will be published in April 2018 and shown on our website. If you are selected to participate, we will also send you all of these proposals, for you to choose which project team you would like to be part of.
Through the years Hello Wood proved to be a forum for international professional and academic collaboration, we had the opportunity to work with highly acclaimed practices such as Miralles-Tagliabue Studio from Spain, Katsuya Fukushima from Japan, Urban-Think Tank from the USA and Venezuela, as well as experimental studios such as Kosmos Architects or Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop, and academics from Columbia GSAPP, TU Delft, ETH, the Architecture Association, University of Liverpool, etc.
- Because our spaces are limited, we can only welcome 90 participants.
- So you can work with and get inspired by the best groups.
- So the workshop leaders get to know your previous projects on time.
- So we can ensure the same conditions for all our applicants.
The program is a non-profit initiative, realised with the support of our sponsors, partners, volunteers and grants, however, we couldn't make it without your contribution as well, which is 500 EUR.
There will be lots of architects, tons of wood, an amazing chef and great musicians, everything will be given to have a great time, daily 3 meals and all tools and material needed for the workshop will be covered.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PARTICIPATION FEE?
WHEN DO I HAVE TO PAY?
Whenever you have received an acceptance feedback on your application, we ask you to send us the payment within 2 weeks.
So if you complete your application during March, we give you feedback on the 31st March, and we ask you to make your payment by the 14th of April.
If a participant cancels up to 6 weeks prior to the beginning of a course, Hello Wood will retain 20% of the workshop fee for administrative and bank fees. If a participant cancels 6 weeks or less before the beginning of the programme, there will be no refund. This is due to the short notice to reassign the workshop-place.
Since 2013, we offer scholarships. Those who are awarded, pay a reduced participation fee of 250 EUR.
HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP?
STEP 1 - during your registration, please indicate if you plan to apply for your the scholarship.
STEP 2 - send us an official document from your University, that proves you were eligible to apply for the University’s scholarships based on financial needs. You can send this information to the firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
Important: you do not need to send us the entire documentation, just a certificate, that proves you have handed in all required documents and got accepted for the scholarship at the university you are attending.
Scholarships are awarded based on financial needs and the applicant’s portfolio.
Please note: International students are also eligible and encouraged to apply!
From 2017 we offer volunteering positions for those applicants, who have been accepted to the programme and want to save some money and put extra help in realising the summer school. Volunteers are invited to arrive 4 days prior to the festival to help our team with preparing the infrastructure of the summer school, and in return, for volunteers the participation fee for the 2018 Summer School is 350 EUR in total.
During the 4 days of volunteering, accommodation and daily meals are provided.
During the 9 days of the summer school event, you will no longer be asked to help out as a volunteer, you can focus 100% on the summer school, just like everyone else.
Volunteering positions are awarded based on experience and expertise of the applicants based on their portfolio.
Please note: International students are also eligible and encouraged to apply!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT NEEDS TO BE INCLUDED IN MY APPLICATION?
Your application must consist of a portfolio and a motivation letter, and you have the option to propose a presentation topic, but that is not a compulsory part of your application.
CAN I APPLY IF I'M NO LONGER ATTENDING A UNIVERSITY?
Yes you can, either as a student or as a project designer/team leader. See more info on the project leaders' application HERE.
WHEN DO I HAVE TO MAKE THE PAYMENT?
To finish and finalise your application you need to make the payment within two weeks of receiving your acceptance to participate in the summer school.
CAN I MAKE THE PAYMENT FROM SOMEONE ELSE'S BANK ACCOUNT?
Yes you may, but please remember to include the participant’s name in the subject of the payment.
CAN I APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP IF I'M NOT CURRENTLY ATTENDING UNIVERSITY?
If you recently graduated (within the last 2 years), you can still send us documents from the university you attended.
If you graduated more than 2 years ago, but feel that you are highly eligible for a scholarship based on your financial situation, you can explain your status for us in an email to email@example.com
HOW CAN I GET TO CSÓROMFÖLDE?
We will organise a communal bus to take every participant on the starting day, leaving in the morning from Budapest. So we ask everyone to arrive to Budapest by the evening of 6th July the latest, let us know if you have any problems with finding hostel accommodation in Budapest and we can give you more info on the options.
CAN I JOIN IN LATER TO THE WORKSHOP?
To ensure the strong sense of a cohesive community, we ask everyone to attend the summer school in its full length. If you cannot make it to the communal bus in the morning of 7th July, you can come to Csóromfölde later that day.
If you would really like to attend but cannot make it on the 7th, please arrive to Csóromfölde by the morning of the 8th the latest.
CAN I LEAVE EARLIER?
Similarly, we ask everyone to attend the summer school in its whole length, as missing the end of the summer school would mean not being able to enjoy the final product and the closing ceremonies including a group discussion on the results, success and theme of the summer school.
CAN HELLO WOOD HELP WITH VISA DOCUMENTS?
Upon request, we can send you an official signed Letter of Acceptance, proving that you would be coming to Hungary for this summer school, to help with your visa applications. Please keep in mind that some visa procedures tend to take an extended time period, so you should ensure to carry out this process before the end of the application period to be able to make a payment and finalise your application in time.
CAN HELLO WOOD PROVIDE ME WITH A CERTIFICATE AFTER THE SUMMER SCHOOL?
We can provide a signed certificate after attendance. You might need it for scholarships or references at your university.
CAN THE HELLO WOOD SUMMER SCHOOL BE ACCREDITED FOR ECTS CREDITS?
No, the Hello Wood Summer School isn’t accredited to count towards your ECTS credits.
IS THERE INTERNET ACCESS AT CSÓROMFÖLDE?
We do not have wifi access provided at the site, but you can access 3G and 4G in the area. The neighbouring manor has wifi access, so we can arrange for you to use it shortly if you have an urgent matter to attend to.
SHOULD I BRING MY LAPTOP?
You will not need any computerised methods for the duration of the summer school. To ensure the “thinking with our hands” approach, we in fact ask participants to leave their laptops behind to enjoy all the summer school has to offer.
WHAT IS THE SECURITY PROVIDED AT THE LOCATION?
The place where the summer school is organised is the property of Hello Wood and is rarely visited by any outsiders. We do not have any securely locked facilites to offer for everyone, but we can organise a locked storage for any valuables you have with you if necessary.
WHAT TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION SHOULD I EXPECT? WHAT IS THE COMFORT LEVEL?
The summer school is organised in a rural area, with accommodation provided by smaller huts scattered around the field. Every unit has 5 beds. They are comfortable but also only semi-closed, so you have to bring warm clothes for the night!
You can also camp if you’d like, as it gives you the most privacy and a real camp experience, also it can be the best option for cold nights. In this case please bring your tent.
WHAT KIND OF CLOTHING SHOULD I PREPARE WITH?
Summers in Hungary can be really hot in the daytime, so it is important to bring sun screen and comfortable summer clothes. However, it does rain sometimes and evenings can get very cold, so please think of bringing warm and waterproof clothing and shoes!
If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org