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Architectural Model Making

Architectural Model Making

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Billy Dickinson


This course will give you an advanced understanding of architectural model making. You will identify and explore in depth the processes for producing models. Practical techniques will give you a solid grounding in many aspects of model construction. You'll explore a wide range of materials, processes, and machine use. Where applicable, laser cutting and CAD drawing will be outlined and guidance given to achieve the desired result. Plus, you'll be able to use the wood workshop at Central Saint Martins for part of the course.

This course is workshop-based. After an initial induction, you will be supported and aided in the design and the finishing of a scale model that is good enough for any model maker's portfolio.

Topics covered

  • You will initially identify a scheme to explore
  • Through a process of discussion and investigation, work out a concept for a model
  • Your concept will take out of many variables such as scale, purpose, materiality, level of detail and abstraction
  • A feasibility study in relation to time frames and costs
  • Through practical workshop techniques, you will aim to produce the project

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Billy Dickinson is a freelance model maker with over 13 years experience. Having graduated from Hertfordshire University in Model Design he started working as a model maker for Unit 2:2 models, working for architecture practices such as Future Systems, HCLA, Make, Munkenbeck and Marshall as well as developers like Galliard Homes and Redrow. After 8 years he turned freelance and began a working relationship with Millennium Models where his clients included Rogers Stick Harbor and Partners, Foster and Partners, John McAslan, O'Donnell and Tuomey as well as designers and artists such as Thomas Heatherwick, Anish Kapoor and Ron Arad. Now a Technician at Central Saint Martins wood workshop, Billy is actively involved in all courses related to the School Of Graphic and Industrial Design.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Pencil
  • Scalpel + blades
  • Engineers Square
  • Cutting Matt
  • Vernier Calipers
  • Metal Ruler
  • Calculator
  • Evo -Stick
  • Super glue
  • Masking tape
  • Double sided tape
  • Protractor
  • Small modelling brushes?.

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.