MAKING SCALE Project – Expression of interest

Project Summary

Launched at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2023, The Making Scale project addresses the decline in perceived value of physical modelmaking in architectural design by students and practitioners. It will survey and share the excellence and diversity of approaches of designing-through-making in professional practice as well as teaching and research at MSA.

The B.15 workshop promotes a culture that values skills in making in architectural design. Architecture is a material practice and therefore physical modelling is invaluable in architectural design processes at urban, building and tectonic scales.

The outcome of the Making Scale project will be a compendium of case studies that will be a source of inspiration for students and practitioners as well as an online resource for graduates to identify opportunities where they can continue to employ and develop their modelmaking skills in professional design contexts.

If you would like to receive further information on forthcoming events and/ or you would like to participate in our survey of architectural modelmaking in professional practice please enter you details here.

All information provided is confidential to MAKING SCALE project team and will not be shared with any other parties.

APMM Book Discussion – Modelling the Metropolis: The Architectural Model in Victorian London

On Thursday 8th February at 18.00 Scott will be joining an online discussion hosted by the Association of Professional Modelmakers with Dr David Lund about Dr. Matthew Wells book, Modelling the Metropolis: The Architectural Model in Victorian London.

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Hope to see you there!

Participant Bios

Matthew Wells, Lecturer in Architectural History at University of Manchester, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Manchester Architecture Research Group, and author of “Modelling the Metropolis. He studied art history at the Courtauld Institute of Art and completed his doctorate in the History of Design Programme at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art. Dr Matthew Wells – Manchester School of Architecture (

Scott Miller is the Workshop Technical Manager of the B.15 Modelmaking Workshop at Manchester School of Architecture. Before taking up this position he worked as a freelance modelmaker on architectural, commercial and display models and in exhibition design and construction. Scott obtained a degree in Modelmaking in 2011 from the Arts University Bournemouth. Scott Miller – Manchester School of Architecture (

David Lund, Modelmaking Historian and Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Modelmaking & BA (Hons) Design at AUB, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Higher Education Academy, and author of “A History of Architectural Modelmaking in Britain: The Unseen Masters of Scale and Vision” David has a doctorate in the History of Architectural Model Making and is in charge of the cataloguing and interpretation of the Thorp Modelmaking Archive, a unique collection of over 60,000 photographs and documents charting the history of the oldest architectural modelmaking company in the world. Dr David Lund – AUB Staff Profile