Architectural Model Making Tips + Tricks

How-to guide for building your own scale models

An inside look at architecture models by architect Eric Reinholdt and part one in a how-to guide for building your own scale models. Part one of this model making guide gives an overview of the types of models architects, intern architects and architecture students build and two tips for planning your next modeling project.

Model types discussed:

- Study models + parti models
- Presentation
- Daylighting
- Detail
- Material

Each video in the series conveys both macro and (at least one) micro concept along to help you as you design and build your architecture models.

Macro concept: Define the model's purpose.
The first step, one you take before building a model is to determine its purpose.

Micro concept: Use your models to narrate a story.
I use models to tell a story and speak for me when I'm not presenting. To do this I use scale figures in motion, add furniture and interior objects, lighting, and other entourage. A narrative model can be a useful design tool too, revealing possibilities not previously explored.

In the second video (to be published) I'll discuss model making materials, tips for cutting and shortcuts I use in the construction of models.

Eric R.
Eric R.

I'm an award-winning architect and founder of 30X40 Design Workshop.

My primary focus is residential architecture with a modern bent.

I'm inspired by agricultural structures, industrial materials, and simple forms.

In April of 2015 I published, Architect + Entrepreneur, part narrative and part business book it has been called the "Professional Practice Handbook for Millennials".

The guide advocates novel business strategies and tools that merge entrepreneurship with the practice of architecture.

I've been busy curating a collection of the most useful tools I use each day to run 30X40, follow along and you'll be the first to know when they're ready.

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