Design and build pedagogic approach in architectural education allows for a an intensive workshop variety that according to students offers great perceived learning value in a short time. This paper discusses how this framework can be used, the notable omissions that follow from this model and the restrictions this puts on a project. While prototypes and simple temporary structures can be made in a short time span, making permanent, functional structures in the same time frame has not yet been explored enough in architectural education. Based on design and build workshops during 2010–2015 with masters level students, all resulting in built structures in 7–14 days, observation and student feedback, a set of guidelines for further development is proposed.