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Shaping Space - Architectural Models Revealed: Who are models made for?


Shaping Space – Architectural Models Revealed was an exhibition and public programme at the Building Centre, in collaboration with the V&A, from 24 September 2021 until 5 March 2022.

The exhibition celebrated the role of architectural models in shaping the spaces we live in. A collaboration between the V&A and the Building Centre, Shaping Space – Architectural Models Revealed presented the world in miniature through a collection of historical and contemporary models revealing the evolution of architecture from the first maquette made as a tool for thinking, to a presentation model.

This short film is part of a series examining the three questions that informed the curation of the show:


  • Why are models made?
  • How are models made?
  • Who are models made for?


Co-curator Harriet Jennings of the Building Centre explores who models are made for, featuring works by:


  • Foster + Partners
  • Jørn Utzon
  • Studio MUTT
  • Carmody Groarke
  • Leopold Buildings model
  • James Gowan, modelled by Paul Shepheard
  • So & So Studio
  • BDP, modelled by Amalgam
  • Automated Architecture (AUAR)
  • Louis Kahn
  • Department of Education & Science
  • Eugène Viollet-le-Duc
  • Anchor Building Blocks
  • Arckit
  • Arch Model Studio
  • Karen Britcliffe
  • Ellie Sampson
  • Bompas & Parr



This film is part of the Shaping Space - Architectural Models Revealed programme, led by the Building Centre and the Victoria & Albert Museum

Funded by the AHRC

Sponsored by Built Environment Trust, V&A, Manchester School of Architecture, B.15 Modelmaking Workshop

We would like to thank our supporters; Amalgam Modelmaking4D ModelshopB.15 WorkshopDrawing MatterGHA GroupThe University of ManchesterMAP Laboratory (CNRS), and Model Platform

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