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Models in the Design Process: MS1401

Mark Szczerbicki
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 00:51:14

The physical model is one of the most approachable forms of architectural representation.

While models are relevant to the architectural community, they also possesses a certain magic and mystery which plays on the imagination of children and adults alike, witha universal appeal thatcuts through jargon and goes directly to the essence of an idea. Despite this, there is a of lack of research and critical discussion regarding model-making among local practitioners.

This talk by Mark Szczerbicki provides an insight into the long-established tradition of innovation and experimentation with physical models by practices based in Europe. It is intended to act as a springboard to revitalize a more vigorous attitude to model-making, especially in the context of the ever-increasing use of digital models in today's practice.

  • Understand the variety of approaches to the use of model in a selection of architectural practices
  • Appreciate the importance of ‘ the model ‘ in the development of design, materiality and context
  • Gain insight into how these various firms contruct physical models
  • Appreciate the importance to individual firms of how the model represents their ‘ personality ‘
  • Develop a view as to how important models are to your own practice of architecture
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA


    Mark Szczerbicki was born in Gdansk, Poland. He graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2004. Between 2003 and 2013 Mark worked with Perumal Pedavoli Architects and Studio [R] Architecture and Design, where he was the Design Architect for a large body of built work for residential, commercial, retail, industrial, educational, and government clients. Many of these projects have been published and recognized nationally and internationally.

    As well as architectural practice, Mark is actively involved in design research and education. He is a recipient of the Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship, one of the organisers of the biennial Urban Islands masters studio, and since 2011 the course coordinator of the 3rd year Urban Design Studio at UNSW. Mark has collaborated with other architects on award-winning competitions in Australia and overseas, lectured at Institute and Board of Architects events, and designed exhibitions as part of the Sydney Architecture Festival and the Sydney Art & About program.