Architectural Model Builder









Youtube clip – An Architectural Model Builder at work

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What is an Architectural Model Builder?

The job of an Architectural Model Builder is to construct scale models of buildings drafted by architects.

The scale models are made so that the architects and clients can get a better idea of how the building will look once complete. They can see how much sunlight will come through the windows and whether or not the building fits in with its surroundings.  

Model Builders need to interpret and transform architects’ drawings into three-dimensional reproductions using specific scales and materials to imitate the proposed building materials.
Developers also make use of models to illustrate precisely what the proposed building will look like. This helps them to sell the buildings before the project has even started.

What does an Architectural Model Builder do?

  • reads plans and technical drawings for the proposed buildings
  • researches materials used
  • measures, cuts and fits pieces together
  • builds scale models of the buildings
  • liaises with architects

Are you . . . ?

  • interested in architecture?
  • really good at detailed work?
  • good at art?
  • good at interpreting architectural drawings?
  • good at maths?
  • able to interpret specifications and drawings?
  • able to visualise 2d drawings in a 3d form?
  • able to work accurately and precisely?
  • steady with your hands?
  • a perfectionist?

How do I become an Architectural Model Builder?

Diplomas (N.Dip. Architectural Technology) from Universities of Technology usually consist of 18 months of academic training and 18 months of in-service training at an approved firm.


National Diploma in Architectural Technology

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Tswhane University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg

Bachelor  of Technology (BTech) in Architecture (professional)

  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Tswhane University of Technology
  • University of Johannesburg


  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER: Interior Designer or Furniture Designer 

Is becoming an Architectural Model Builder the right career choice for me?