Architecture Model Making Tutorial Tips Part 1 & Part 2

14th February 2019 | 30X40 Design Workshop | Eric Reinholdt 

  • Part 1

Learn about how I make architectural models in this two-part tutorial series. In part 1 I’ll show you the materials I chose, why I chose them and a few alternatives. I discuss why you would choose one modeling style over another, how to conceptualize what to model and how a few simple tweaks can make a big difference in the aesthetics of your architectural models. I talk about my model making heroes, my workflow, and you’ll learn why models constructed using planes to render space rather than block-like forms, offer a more realistic depiction of architectural space. This modeling style is realistic and suggestive, yet still open-ended leaving room for interpretation.



  • Part 2

Sharing tips for architectural model making that I’ve learned in my career building models as an architect (+ architecture student). Building models remains an important tool and part of my architectural design process. And with good reason, there’s a feedback loop existing between brain and hand known as embodied cognition. It’s been shown that our motor system influences our understanding and cognition in much the same way the mind can influence our physical actions. I build models to unlock creative inspiration I can’t otherwise access.

Architects build two fundamentally different kinds of models: presentation models (very finished versions of their design) and study models. Study models are sketchy and useful during the design process when we want to quickly study different ideas. Because they’re less rigid versions of real buildings they allow us to explore and iterate quickly. You don’t need to start with a floor plan or an elevation design, the idea is to collage and ‘sketch’ using planes and solids in three dimensions.