Sherborne Urban Design summer School

We were delighted to welcome 17 students in July over a three-day residential course in the beautiful setting of Sherborne School (Dorset) to provide an introduction to designing beautiful, sustainable, prosperous, economically and socially successful places that will stand the test of time.

2024 dates will be announced on our social media channels.

2023 photo gallery

Much of the knowledge needed to create traditional places where many people want to live is no longer taught in most architecture and urban design courses.

This course introduces core urban design principles including the idea of place, mixed-use neighbourhoods, public space, gentle density, landscape, building typologies and architectural language. You will also explore the connections between urban form and design with wellbeing, sustainability, prosperity, value and popularity.

It is aimed at undergraduates and school leavers who are interested in pursuing a career in the built environment. However, anyone 18 and over is very welcome.


'I learnt more in these three days than my three-year degree!'

'I liked the mix of lectures, sketching, and groupwork. the days went by quickly as full of input and variety'



'Fabulous course... my mind was buzzing. Thank you all'

'I learnt a huge amount... so many lovely and fun people'


• Introductory talks and case studies on core aspects of urban design and presentation skills;
• Review of wider evidence into what makes for popular, healthy, happy and sustainable places;
• Tour of the town with the aim of understanding the site context: its heritage, the design issues and opportunities.
• Review of key aspects of English west country vernacular design;
• Visiting the site for the proposed urban design study in Sherborne;
• Preparing site, context and policy analyses in small group workshops;
• Preparing a community consultation and engagement plan;
• Devising a site vision, design principles, concept masterplan and preparing illustrative material in small groups;
• Guidance on drawing and sketching of buildings and streets; and
• Presenting the scheme to faculty and other members of the course and receiving feedback.


The 2023 summer school was led by Dr James Armitage BSc BArch (Dist) PhD RIBA, Nicholas Boys Smith MA MPhil FRSA AoU, Director of Create Streets, Robert Kwolek BA, Senior Architectural Designer and George Payiatis BA MA, Urban Designer, both at Create Streets.


For enquiries, please send an e-mail to

2024 dates will be announced on our social media channels.