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Model Making For Architecture

Model Making For Architecture

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Eiffel Wong


Models are used as a means of communication between architects and their clients and as a method for testing and expressing architectural ideas and concepts. While drawings can only portray information on a two dimensional plane, models can express spatial proposals and concepts in 3D. In this course, you will learn the core techniques for building architectural models using hand tools. Different types of models will be introduced. We will explore how models can be used to analyse a site.

Topics covered include:

  • analytical and conceptual architectural models.
  • working model, section model and presentation models.
  • how to determine scale and size.
  • choice of appropriate materials.
  • level of abstraction and time planning.

By the end of the course you should have built your own architectural model(s). Photographs of the models can contribute towards a portfolio to apply to schools of architecture.

Who should take this course?

Any students interested to learn how to build architectural models, including those who wish to strengthen their portfolio in order to apply for further studies in architectural and spatial design.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners

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

Tutor Description

Eiffel Wong works as an architect and a designer in his own practice in Berlin and London. Previously, he was a visiting tutor on the MA Industrial Design course at Central Saint Martins. He formulated the curriculum for the very first architectural short course at CSM in 2002/03. He studied at the Architectural Association in the 90s.


Please bring the following items:

  • pen, pencil and eraser.
  • ruler and calculator
  • set square
  • wood glue (PVA)
  • note book or sketch book
  • paintbrushes in different sizes
  • cardboard knife with spare blades
  • additional material will be purchased during the course, if necessary
  • if you have different kinds of paper, card, cardboard, rubber, sheet metal etc. at home, please bring them as examples of material
  • bring a camera to document the work in progress and the result
  • should you plan to make a model of your own architecture project, please bring in plans and sections.

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