04 December 2017
When his mother told him that she was looking to buy a prefabricated garden house, Caspar Schols convinced her to instead let him design and build a house for her. After agreeing on the final design, he spent seven months building a kit in their garage. In another month, they put the house together on location with the help of friends and family. In this lecture, the design process, technical details and challenges of the project will be discussed.
The completion of the project led to an article on Dezeen and subsequent media attention – all for a project built before Schols entered his First Year of architecture school. In the second half of the lecture, he will share his personal experience at the AA after starting architecture in practice in his mother’s backyard.
After high school, Caspar Schols obtained a BSc and a MSc in Physics from the University of Amsterdam, working in his final year of the masters on research at the chip-manufacturer ASML. He worked briefly for a CO2-technology company, and then quit his job to build and design the Garden House. Eight months later, he finished the project and subsequently applied to study at the AA.