Model Making

An architectural model allows your development to be viewed from any angle. The proposed building can be seen within the context of its surroundings, an essential tool for planning application. Design issues can be dealt with at an early stage, thus avoiding costly changes later.

The type of model required can vary greatly, depending on many factors such as the extent of the development; this in turn can affect the scale of the model, level of detail, design stage, usage and budget. The style of model is limited only by the client’s imagination. The model maker works closely with the client’s architect, using the drawings provided. As the model progresses, liaising with the architect ensures all details are accurately represented. With the advent of computer aided design and the laser cutter replacing the scalpel, models can now be produced showing much finer and more accurate detail than ever before without adding to cost. Today, an architectural model represents very good value for money.

For further information please contact SAI adviser Steve Coe MSAI.

Types of model


The Process

The initial contact comes from the client. Usually the model maker will ask questions in order to get an impression as to what type of model is required, possible budget and deadline. It is possible to produce a model to meet the needs of the client’s budget. Although not essential, a meeting may be arranged.

The client will then supply a set of drawings, often from the architect. For quotation purposes, all that’s required at this stage is an indication of elevation, plans and extent of model. Quite often, this information arrives in the form of a cd/dvd or e-mail. Any further queries from the model maker can be dealt with by telephone.

The model maker would then supply a detailed quotation for supplying a model to the client’s specification.

Once terms have been agreed, the model maker will be commissioned.

Although model makers usually work from Autocad drawings supplied by the architect, this is not essential. Model makers are a flexible bunch whose aim is to please.