Spatial Design Students Tackle Model Making

Spatial Design students tackle model making.


During the first year as a Spatial Designer, lots of emphasis is put on learning the basic skills of an Interior Designer or Interior Architect. In a series of workshops the students are taught how to read scale drawings, draw plans, sections and elevations, and make architectural design models – to scale.

Initially the students made simple cube forms, at varying scales, this helped them understand how to: firstly, use a scale ruler ( which is not as easy as it sounds! ), and secondly: how to use model-making materials: a steel rule, a cutting mat, a scalpel and glue – to safely, produce accurate professional design models.

As the first year curriculum develops over the months, the students are asked to research, evaluate and design more complex architectural forms and make design models that are much more elaborate, complicated and challenging.

By the end of the year, the students had made some amazing design models of iconic buildings such as Le Corbusier’s Villa La Roche, Villa Savoye, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water – these iconic buildings each had a new extension, added to the original building form, designed by the student.

Dawn Hesketh-Joslin – Lecturer Spatial Design

Garry Layden – Lecturer Spatial Design

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