With the shifting guidance surrounding the pandemic this year it was clear that maintaining a steady ear for all things modelmaking at the school was going to be a challenging but important link to a world away from the computer screen.

We are proud to have continued to offer support through online tutorials, a bureau service for digitally manufactured elements of student projects and, when able, face to face workshop access providing some welcome craft-based relief.

B.15 Moulding and Casting 101

Over the easter break we were able to host our first short course in moulding and casting to students of all years. With the varied circumstances of each student in mind, course delivery was, and continues to be, flexible with some students who were unable to attend campus planning to complete practical elements of the course early in the next academic year. The course looked at basic moulding techniques and a selection of casting mediums using forms inspired by the work of William Mitchell.

Guest Lectures/Interviews

Paper and Patience – Paper Modelmaker and Modelmaker at Haworth Tompkins Architects, Ellie Sampson

Concrete Too is Beautiful - How William Mitchell’s Casting Process Humanised Post-war Urban Landscape – Architectural Sculpture Historian Dr Dawn Pereira.

Studying Volume – An exclusive interview with Artist David Umemoto.

B.15 Modelmaking Awards 2021

This year’s awards have the expert support of SimpsonHaugh Architects here in Manchester, Bjarke Ingels Group Copenhagen and HENN Architects Berlin. We’re proud to reward and showcase our students modelmaking and its continued use in design work throughout this very unorthodox academic year.