Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion: Architectural Models: Visions of the Future

Panel Discussion in TheGallery / in Lecture Theatre

Thursday 19 April 2018

B001 Lecture Theatre, AUB
5:00pm – 6.00pm

The Panel will discuss the role of the architectural model in developing and communicating architectural visions of the future, including those futures that were never built.

Event hosted by Dr. Christian McLening, Dean of Art, Design and Architecture, AUB

Event Chaired by David Lund, Visiting Tutor and PhD Student, AUB.

Panel Members to include:
Matthew Driscoll, Founding Director of Base Models Ltd.
Paul Johnson, BA (Hons) Modelmaking Course Leader, AUB
Paul Miles, Modelshop Manager, Make Architects
Will Strange, BA (Hons) Modelmaking Senior Lecturer, AUB

meet the chair: david lund

David Lund is a PhD student at the Arts University Bournemouth and a Visiting Tutor on the BA (Hons) Modelmaking degree course. As a modelmaking historian, his principle research interests include the history of the architectural model, the role of materials in the history of design and making, and the wider theorisation of models in relation to both design history and material cultural studies. His PhD thesis is examining the role of plastics in the development of the modern architectural model during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

David’s teaching practice is largely focused on encouraging students to view the objects they make as being constructs of both materials and ideas, bridging the gap between practice and theory. A trained architectural modelmaker, David also works as a consultant working with architectural practices to explore digitally augmented model making techniques. Prior to his academic life, David had a fifteen-year award winning career in bookselling, and with extensive experience in retail design and visual merchandising, he now additionally provides exhibition design and technical support for TheGallery at AUB.

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meet the panel members: Matthew Driscoll, Paul Johnson, Paul Miles and Will Strange

Matthew Driscoll
Matthew Driscoll is the founding director of Base Models Ltd.
He trained as a model maker at the Kent Institute of At and Design and worked as a freelance modelmaker before launching Base Models in 2006. Since its formation, Base Models has gained a reputation for creating beautiful yet practical models in answer to its clients’ needs.

Base Models has had its work exhibited in Tate Britain, The Royal Academy Summer exhibition, No 10 Downing Street, and numerous public and private events. Matthew lectures on the subject of modelmaking and is committed to supporting students of architecture and contemporary design.

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Paul Johnson
Paul Johnson is the current Course Leader for BA (Hons) Modelmaking at AUB.
He joined the university following a long and varied career as a professional modelmaker. His professional experience spanned across many disciplines within modelmaking. His career began in Architectural Modelmaking at the Richard Rogers Partnership and moved on into areas of product design, product development, prototyping, TV advertising, Film SFX, digital animation, exhibition, interactive design and finally setting up his own company focusing on the Museum & Heritage sector.

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Paul Miles
Modelshop Manager, Make Architects

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Will Strange
Will Strange is a senior lecturer on the BA (Hons) Modelmaking course at AUB.
With particular interest in teaching the skills needed for architectural model making, Will focuses on 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.

He has taught full-time at AUB since 2008 where he also delivers an architectural modelmaking evening class and a postgraduate programme to offer a chance for students to more thoroughly develop their understanding of professional modelmaking. Alongside Will’s teaching, he is a passionate ‘Designer/Maker’, creating work that is showcased at

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Drinks reception

TheGallery, AUB
6.00pm – 7.00pm

A drinks reception will follow the panel discussion.


Admission: Free
Booking is essential (limited numbers)
To book a place, please book here