Projects / The (10 Year Expanded) Dream of Kiwanosato / Architecture Summer School (Kiwanasato) July 29-Aug 4: Open Call 2019

2017 ongoing

This unique opportunity forms part of our project Kiwanasato's '10 year Expanded Dream', a longterm collaboration dedicated to reviving this extraordinary village in South West of Japan, learning from its community and helping them reinvent a viable, ethical way of life in the rural. 
Hosted by the villagers and Grizedale Arts, we open this call for applications until 17:00 GMT on Friday June 7th 2019

2019 sees the first of what we anticipate being a decade of annual Summer Schools where we will:

  • Learn about villagers’ ways of life and their authentic living and working environment through the immersive experience of living in a traditional village, eating locally-produced fresh food and being part of the welcoming and hospitable community.
  • Learn Japanese traditional building techniques and how they can be appropriated and interpreted to contemporary contexts elsewhere.
  • Work with other people and villagers to create a building every year, inspired by British / European traditional building typologies.  


Takeshi Hayatsu (UK-qualified architect, lecturer at Kingston University and University of Arts London), Andreas von Knobloch and Tanad Williams (Ireland-based designer/ sculptors) & Motoko Fujita (Ireland-based artist).


Construct a bee garden and a Slovenian-style bee house using Japanese traditional mud wall construction technique; harvesting locally-sourced materials and recycling resources available from the village. 

Indicative Activities:

  • Researching available materials
  • Testing material properties by making prototypes 
  • Learning techniques from local experts via lectures & practical workshops 
  • Visiting example buildings to learn the construction at first hand
  • Harvesting materials and preparing for production
  • Building a timber frame structure
  • Completing the building using the techniques learnt from the research and prototype testing
  • Handing over the building to the villagers
  • Documenting the process with photographs, films, sketches and drawings    

What to Expect:

All meals are cooked and prepared by the village and project organisers, diet is largely from village produce and principally vegetarian. Help with table laying and clearing is appreciated. The work day starts at 9am and ends at 6pm with a trip to the onsen (hot spring baths) at 6.30pm. Dinner at 20.00.  

Accommodation is in 2 dormitories in the old village school - one male, one female. Beds are futons and duvets. Washroom facilities are rudimentary (school style) A nightly excursion to the local onsen is advised.

Eligibility & Application Guidance

Architecture students around the world, recent graduates, professionals, anyone interested in traditional Japanese architecture and who likes building things together with other people. 

12 students will be selected via emailing a short letter and CV to Lead Tutor Takeshi Hayatsu on by 17:00 GMT on Friday June 7th 2019

Notifications to students by 17:00 GMT on Friday 14th June (By email)

Fee & Payment

The fee to attend is £700, including simple accommodation & local food for 8 days, but excluding transport to the village & travel insurance. Pick up & drop off will be at Shimoneseki Shin train station.
You will be asked to provide proof of your individual holiday insurance to participate.

Selected candidates to pay a 50% deposit by Friday June 21st with the balance due by July 26th.