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Jack Poulton and Mike Ellis, Architectural Assistants

Winners of 2nd prize B.15 Modelmaking Award 2018

“Starting with explorative infrastructure and location models, later progressing onwards through explanatory concept models and analytical light-use models during intermediate stages, our project concluded with a series of explanatory models focusing on key areas of the scheme.
We made a concerted effort to maintain similar aesthetics throughout, to achieve a clear colour palette. This was most effective in the series of four models concluding the project. We used 3D printing minimally, and only when deemed crucial for elements too complex to be achieved to a high standard by hand. Instead, we used a palette focused around stained wood and paper to keep a more organic and craft-centric aesthetic where possible.
Mortice and tenon joinery systems are a typical method of structural fixing throughout the sets of models we produced. This helped to minimize amount of glue used and improved the overall structural integrity of the models.”

Lola Tartakover, Architectural Assistant

Winner of 3rd prize BA award 2018

“Modelmaking is a way of transforming my ideas into something real and tangible, demonstrating that my proposals actually function spatially. At University, I enjoyed producing models which were robust, solid, tactile, authentic and imperfect in places, to highlight the craft that had gone into it. Within the office, models are constantly being passed between team members as a pivotal tool for understanding elements of the scheme.”

Jumana Tarazi, Architectural Assistant

Shortlisted for Modelmaking Award 2018

“At Manchester School of Architecture, I used modelmaking in the early stages of my design work to translate my initial drawings to 3D objects. Using offcuts from B.15 for these early designs was a quick and easy way to develop my ideas, helping me see any flaws in the design and successfully develop these elements of the model further. Having a model shop within SimpsonHaugh has helped me improve my modelmaking skills and produce models to a high quality standard for clients.”

Tom Smith, Architectural Assistant

Shortlisted for Modelmaking Award 2018

“Modelmaking was an essential part of my study at MSA, helping me to explore scale, materiality, space and construction methods. The use of models allowed me to explore and represent initial concepts at a country-wide scale, while also allowing me to further refine overall details and designs. During my study, I aimed to address functional and experiential qualities in my design. In turn, I created models and artefacts at a variety of scales, using a number of different techniques. Some of these included: CNC milling, 3D printing, jesmonite casting and low temperature metal casting.”

Joe Kelleher, Architectural Assistant

“Developing a façade model helped me to express the scale of the auditorium and how the evening light interacts with the transitional space. A second model highlighted the programme of the building, detailing the mezzanine level.”

Hettie Wellington, Architectural Assistant

“Making the moulds allowed me to experiment with the façade build up to experience the textures and depths that I could possibly create for my design. The process was quick and the 3D nature of the models allowed me to visualise my design in a way that 2D drawings/renders would not be able to. Having the physical models helped to drive my design forward in a very efficient and effective way.”