The Case for Models in Architectural Practice

To build or not to build? To model make or not to model make? Join us to ponder the role of model making in architectural practice with Ed Fowles, director of Feilden Fowles, and Rawden Pettitt and Stephen Setford, director and model maker from Stanton Williams.

The talk explores why practices make models, considering how it forms an integral part of the working process and, weighing up the cost and time implications, to think about how it benefits practices of all sizes. Speakers explain how models are part of their working method, and show and tell examples from their studios – from 1:1 material tests to intricate site models. 

If you are a young career architect considering the future of your practice, or someone interested in learning about the benefit of different model making methods, this talk is for you!


Ed Fowles, Director, Feilden Fowles

Rawden Pettitt, Director, Stanton Williams

Stephen Setford, Model Maker, Stanton Williams

Chaired by Vanessa Norwood with a welcome by Simona Valeriani, co-curators of Shaping Space – Architectural Models Revealed.

This event is part of the Shaping Space – Architectural Models Revealed programme, funded by the AHRC, led by the V&A and the Building Centre.

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