Model making is one of the best ways to convey design ideas in addition to being a rewarding hobby. Models can show everything from how a building is sited in a landscape to specific connection details found in construction. While in the studio, students will learn how to scale their projects from existing buildings and drawings into a manageable model. Topics to be covered will include an overview of model types, materials choices, and modeling techniques and tools. Students can come to class with a project in mind, find a local building, or design a project to model.

Course start time: Wednesday, 9am
Course end time: Thursday, 5pm

  • Competency Level: Beginner
  • AIA credits: 14 Learning Units

Architectural Modelmaking


9:00 – 10:00 Overview of Architectural Modeling

• Physical representation of the built environment

• Modeling types & uses (PP)

o Exploration & Evaluation (Study models)

o Description (Presentation models)

• Media (PP)

o Sheet goods (elemental construction)

o Mass materials (sculpting and casting)

10:00 – 11:45 Study models – exploring the idea for yourself

• Constraints – Intent, level of detail, efficiency

• Working sketches or drawings of the idea

• Techniques – develop 2 to 3 massing study models of a small project

11:45 – 12:00 Review & discuss study models

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 4:30 Presentation models – presenting the idea to others

• Material selection & scale

• Working drawings of the model (plans, sections, elevations)

• The model base as frame for your idea (flat bases & topographic bases)

• Site & context

• The interior & frame

• The exterior

• Techniques – develop a presentation model of the small project

4:30 – 5:00 Review & discuss presentation models


Start Date: February 26, 2014