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Learning by Doing in Interior Design’s Model Making Workshop
Updated 2015-12-08

In an effort to enhance students’ learning experience to a more holistic approach through practical education, The One Academy’s Interior Architecture & Design department has recently held ‘Model Making Workshop’ to boost participants’ employability factor in the future creative industry.

In the workshop conducted by Ms. Yang Pei Li, Interior Architecture & Design lecturer, students were warmed up with a short lecture session before proceeding to map out their ideas and building mock-ups of architecture designs. The workshop illustrates a comprehensive process that designers undergo when connecting and transiting from concepts to real application, demonstrating how to develop their ideas into a 3D model.

The workshop was divided into two sections: Model Making 1 – Conceptual Models and Model Making 2 – Realistic Models. In architecture design, conceptual models refer to a physical representation of a structure constructed to communicate the preliminary nature of the design. Students used these to communicate the early stages of concept development and represent the basic idea of their structure, putting aside the practicalities involved in building the structure.

As design development progresses, architecture designers in the industry will provide more refined and detailed models called realistic models that are assembled according to scale (which are usually larger than conceptual models) and reflect the properties of real materials. At this developed stage in the process, practical application of building materials, precision and workmanship will be more observable.

As an experienced lecturer in the architecture and design field, Ms. Yang Pei Li reiterated the importance of a well-made model that possesses the ability to express important ideas for sales and marketing purposes. The 3D models must be able to show every nook and corner of a concept which allows both designers and clients to review and explore possible solutions and alternatives.

Equipped with all kinds of model-making cutters, blades, Perspex, spray mounts and corrugated boards, the students enthusiastically started on their project of the workshop which was to create a detailed model of a pavilion using their own original concepts and ideas.

During the presentation session, one group devised a model called ‘Intersecting Diffusion’, which was meant for the KLCC Bridge that incorporated the Chinese belief of ‘Yin’ and ‘Yang’ (balance of the universe) in illustrating that life is not always smooth sailing. Another group, among many others, presented their model ‘Light & Shadow’ for the Pasar Seni Central Market which aimed to shine more light into areas of the market that are seemingly dark and quiet, keeping the public’s safety in focus.

Other groups of students also showcased very unique ideas through their architecture models of pavilion at strategic locations that embodied the aspects of environment-friendliness, sustainability, safety, portability and nature.

This workshop adds to the normal daily classes attended by students as supplement to their understanding towards the topic of model making. “Students are provided a short lecture and they need to complete the assignments (model making) before the day ends. It’s a very compact lesson,” confirmed Ms. Yang. “It provides them with a better picture of model making, including the basic techniques and materials that can be utilised.”

Interior Architecture and Design students start working on their conceptual model during the Model Making Workshop.

One of the pavilion models by students which promotes relaxation and relieve of stress in the hustling city life using environmental-friendly materials.

A student representative presenting her group’s model which incorporates circular shapes and motifs of water and waves.

A group photo and appreciation of speaker Ms. Yang Pei Li at the end of Model Making Workshop.