BA (Hons) coursesModelmaking

Meet the team

So much more than teaching.

Our team doesn’t just inform – they inspire with memorable, groundbreaking courses.


Paul Johnson

Course Leader

A modelmaker with a variety of experience in professional practice. His portfolio covers Architecture, Product, Film, TV & Advertising, Toy, Museum & Heritage, Animation and Prototyping. After working in industry for many years Paul set up his own company ‘Teamworks’ which ran successfully before he moved into education. Paul’s current activity involves broadening the use of digital scanning and digitisation, further exploring the use of digital pens and notepads in order to streamline the modelmaking process, and compliment ‘traditional’ techniques.

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Claire Holman

Senior Lecturer

With over 10 years experience of this course, Claire concentrates on giving 1st year students a thorough and enjoyable introduction to professional modelmaking, Claire has recently made changes to update the programme. Study of product design has been updated, with contemporary objects and a new ‘Media Solutions’ unit has been evolved to concentrate on film, TV and Stage/Theatre modelling. As part of Claire’s research project for the AUB, she is exploring the opportunities for sustainable materials to be used in the design and making industries.

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Will Strange

Senior Lecturer

Will is a senior lecturer with particular interest in modelmaking used by architects and designers.

He is interested in the role that creativity & making have in the design process. Will completed PGCE study in 2012, achieving a Postgraduate Certificate of Education – Lifelong Learning Sector, with University of Greenwich.

He holds a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and is currently studying for a MA in Creative Thinking. Will is involved in new course development at AUB, has contributed to programmes at other institutions as an external examiner and as a member of validation panels.

Will has taught full-time at AUB since 2009, before that he taught regularly at University of Hertfordshire’s BA (Hons) Model Design programme, as a visiting tutor.

Alongside Will’s teaching, he is a passionate ‘Designer/Maker’, creating work that uses reclaimed and up-cycled materials. He is also an active member of the Association of Professional Modelmakers.

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Andrew King

Senior Lecturer

Our dedicated critical theory tutor has a varied and distinguished background in design, craft and education. Andrew academic practice has included lecturing on design and theory for MA courses and publishing articles in design journals. His input has helped many of our students to ‘write’ as well as they can ‘make’, enabling them to fully appreciate the context for their modelmaking studies.

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Gideon Bohannon

Technician Demonstrator

Gideon graduated from the University of Central England with a degree in Fine Art in 1995.

He became a full time professional modelmaker in 1997 and has nearly twenty years’ industry experience covering a broad range of disciplines, working in film, television and theatre as well as industrial and specialist modelmakers.

He has worked as a puppet maker, prop maker and set builder on feature films, commercials, TV series and theatre projects. He has also designed, made and installed museum exhibitions, developed industrial projects and product prototypes.

Gideon’s main specialism has been in the area of stop motion animation, working for Aardman Animations for over a decade. This has provided a wealth of experience and knowledge in making and filming TV series and feature films, working in a live studio environment and fulfilling high level client briefs.

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Jonathan Hoyle

Technician Demonstrator

Jonathan graduated from AUB with a degree in Modelmaking in 2003.

Since then he has worked as a freelance Modelmaker in a range of areas, including Prop Design and Manufacture for Film, Production Design for Film and Advertising, Trade Show animations and displays, museum animations and interactive projects and Architectural visualisation and animations.

In 2006, Jonathan returned to AUB as a Visiting Lecturer working on a variety of courses introducing digital modelling techniques and practices.

Since 2008 Jonathan has worked with the Short Courses team, writing and delivering a course introducing 3Ds Max.

In recent years he has worked on the Modelmaking degree delivering a variety of CAD programs, 3D printing and other techniques. In 2017 Jonathan joined the Modelmaking team full time.

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Supporting staff

Val Adamson - Visiting Tutor

Val is a classicaly trained sculptor who regularly works with BA (Hons) Modelmaking students to produce realistic figure models. She is an expert in achieving a likeness in clay and all of our students will have the chance to sculpt one another during the 1st year.

Martin Adamson - Visiting Tutor

Martin is a generalist modelmaker and sculptor, with a long experience of the stop motion animation industry, and surfing the severn bore.

He joins us here at AUB to help students to develop animation characters and puppets, and to lecture about professional practice.

Diane Teague - Architectural Modelmaking Advisor

A director at Foster + Partners architects, Diane has huge experience of architectural modelmaking. She is a director of the extensive modelmaking workshops at Foster + Partners’ offices.

Diane helps the course to stay up to date with development in the professional world, including the use of rapid prototyping by modelmakers.

Lucy Longford - Visiting Tutor

Lucy is an experienced designer and maker who specialises in puppets and costumes. She has made costumes for stage productions, TV advertising and live music events.

Learn more about Lucy here.