Shaping Space – architectural model making in contemporary practice

The Architectural Models Network is an international community bringing together those interested in the history, current practice and future of architectural model-making. This event, presented by the network, will explore the role of architectural models in contemporary practice focusing on the scale, materiality and purpose of model making.

Leading practices 6a, dRMM, Dow Jones, Roz Barr Architects, ScanLAB Projects and Stanton Williams will share projects and perspectives on model making and the pivotal role it plays in the design process.  

Presentations will start from 6.30pm followed by a round table discussion before the evening closes with drinks reception from 8.00pm

From 5.15pm to 6.15pm, leading up to the evening talks, there will a series of free guided tours taking place at the Building Centre:

The Architectural Association’s Design Research Lab (AADRL) will guide visitors through the exhibition Digital Turn: AADRL. The show features a collection of models presenting the lab’s experimental approach to design and fabrication within architecture and urbanism.

Pipers Model Makers will speak about the interactive New London Model in the NLA gallery, offering an insight into the making of the model and its use in the context of city planning.

The event is free to attend but registration is essential. 


The Architectural Models Network is funded by the AHRC and initiated by the V&A Museum.

Network partner institutions:

  • The Architectural Association 

  • Architekturmuseum der Technische Universität München (TUM) 

  • École pratique des hautes études, Université Paris Sciences & Lettres (PSL) 

  • Models and simulations for architecture and heritage (MAP, CNRS) 

  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 

  • Sir John Soane's Museum 

More information about the network is available here

The event is supported by The Built Environment Trust.