The Model Makers: Richard Threadgill Associates
Why, in the age of CGI and 3D printing, are architectural models still relevant? Betty Wood goes to the studio of one of London’s leading model makers to find out. Photography Liz Seabrook
Making architectural models is very Zen. Or, at least it seems to be. Wandering around the workshop of Richard Threadgill Associates, save the occasional high-pitched neeeyhaaaah of a band saw slicing through sheets of wood out back, the studio is a peaceful level of quiet somewhere above silent, but below the buzzing sound of a normal office. I’m reminded of the workshops in a watchmaking factory, where technicians and specialists sit at benches, silently tweezering components into place to the soundtracks of their Discmans.