Richard Armiger

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Richard Armiger is professional Architectural Model Maker and founder of Network Modelmakers in Notting Hill, London. He also serves as the Director of House Portrait Models, which creates hand-crafted model portraits for private estates.

His creative and influential[1] architectural models have been published widely and examples can be found in museums in Europe and North America including the permanent collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Architecture Room at the annual Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show, and regularly at the Venice Biennale of Architecture.[2][3] [4] [5] [6]

His architectural consultancy models, for John Pawson, Zaha Hadid, the late Jan Kaplicky and others, have appeared frequently at London's Design Museum. The Design Museum's exhibition David Chipperfield - Form Matters, which has been transferred to the Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza, Coruña, Spain and other world venues during 2010-2012,[7][8] contained a large selection of his models including Sir David's shortlisted Tate Gallery entry.

Early career[edit]

Born in Baltimore, USA, Armiger attended the Maryland Institute College of Art studying painting and sculpture. In England, he studied industrial design model making at the University for the Creative Arts thereafter settling in England.[9]

Prior to establishing Network Modelmakers, he gained experience with Cambridge Seven Associates, Casson Conder and Partners, Wolff Olins, Arup and the BBC. A subsidiary of Network Modelmakers - House Portrait Models - was established in 1999.[9]

Architectural Competition[edit]

Many London-based architects commission his models for projects of international stature and for architectural design competition.[10][11][12] The tally of Armiger's models of design competition projects won by Nicholas Grimshaw Architects alone is significant:[13]

In 2006, Armiger and his team developed a model measuring 4 meters square that became the winning entry for Singapore's Gardens by the Bay competition, won jointly by Grant Associates landscape designers and Wilkinson Eyre architects.

Crossrail Models[edit]

As consultant Model Coordinator to Crossrail, Richard Armiger helped clarify the project's complexity to the Parliamentary Select Committee and other design laymen.[14]

Notable Projects[edit]

Museum Projects[edit]

Project Architect Venue
1 Chiswick House Earl of Burlington Victoria & Albert Museum
2 Crystal Palace Joseph Paxton Victoria & Albert Museum
3 Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp Le Corbusier Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
4 Villa Stein-de Monzie, Garches Le Corbusier Royal Institute of British Architects drawings collection
5 Queen's House Inigo Jones National Maritime Museum
6 Lockhart Saatchi House concept David Chipperfield Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
7 Villa Müller, Prague Adolf Loos Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

Villas and Manorial Homes[edit]

Project Architect Client
1 Alderbrook Park, by Pringle Richards Sharratt, Lakshmi Mittal Kingdom of Kent Pringle Richards Sharratt [1]
2 Wootton Lodge, Timothy Hatton, confidential Wootton Lodge
3 Caring Wood, Kent, by ROA, MacDonald Wright, confidential Kingdom of Kent [2] [3]
4 Henbury Rotonda by Julian Bicknell for Sebastian de Ferranti Henbury Hall, Cheshire Julian Bicknell Sebastian de Ferranti
5 Sonning House by Gregory Phillips confidential Sonning [4]
6 Ceasaria House by Fairfax and Sammons confidential

Selected Projects by locale[edit]

Project Architect ISBN
North America
1 42nd Street, New York City (project) Zaha Hadid ISBN 4-87140-223-1
2 San Francisco Trans Bay Terminal Richard Rogers ISBN 978-90-73285-95-8
3 Silvercup Studios, NYC Richard Rogers
4 Menil Collection, Houston, Texas Renzo Piano, Arup engineers Architecture d'aujourd'hui, No.219
5 50 Gramercy Park North, NYC, USA (for hotelier Ian Schrager) John Pawson
Europe, Japan
6 Hotel du Department des Bouches du Rhone, Marseille, France Will Alsop & Jan Störmer ISBN 1-85490-357-8
7 Vitra Headquarters (project) Eva Jiřičná ISBN 80-903257-7-7
8 Maison de la Culture du Japon, Paris Yamanaka Armstrong ISBN 0-9513745-1-6
9 De Hoftoren Tower, The Hague, Netherlands Kohn Pedersen Fox ISBN 3-7643-6696-6
10 Amstelzicht Tower, Amsterdam, Netherlands Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
11 Atlantic Pavilion Stadium, Lisbon, Portugal Skidmore, Owings and Merrill ISBN 0-7506-4928-3
12 Corrubedo House, Galicia, Spain David Chipperfield ISBN 84-88386-38-9
13 Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany David Chipperfield ISBN 1-56898-407-3
14 Issey Miyake, Sapporo, Kyoto, Osaka David Chipperfield ISBN 1-56898-407-3
15 St Catherine's College, Kobe Institute, Japan Troughton McAslan ISBN 4-89331-105-0
16 Santa Giulia penthouses, Milan Foster + Partners
United Kingdom
17 Eden Project, Cornwall Nicholas Grimshaw ISBN 0-7148-3958-2
18 Rolls-Royce Factory, Goodwood, West Sussex Nicholas Grimshaw ISBN 0-7148-3958-2
19 Glyndebourne Opera House, West Sussex Michael Hopkins and Partners ISBN 0-7148-2782-7
20 Land Securities Masterplan, Ebbsfleet, Kent Richard Rogers
21 Stratford International Eurostar Station Hawkins/ Brown
22 Henbury Rotonda, Cheshire Julian Bicknell
23 River & Rowing Museum, Oxfordshire David Chipperfield ISBN 1-56898-407-3
24 Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire John McAslan and Partners + HOK Building, issue 48, 2000
25 Stonehenge Visitors Centre, Salisbury Denton Corker Marshall
26 Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge NBBJ
27 Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford Hawkins/ Brown
28 St Catherine's College, Oxford (hall of residence) Stephen Hodder ISBN 84-252-1788-1
29 Rothermere American Institute, Oxford Kohn Pendersen Fox
30 Saïd Business School, Oxford Jeremy Dixon, Edward Jones + BDP ISBN 0-9532848-2-4
31 Merton College, Oxford Allies and Morrison
32 Cambridge Institute of Criminology Allies and Morrison
33 Louise T Blouin Institute Borgos Dance
34 Albion Riverside, Battersea Foster + Partners
35 Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, British Museum Foster + Partners ISBN 1-58093-128-6
36 The Roundhouse John McAslan + Partners ISBN 0-500-28174-2
37 Imperial War Museum Arup architects ISBN 1-875498-18-4 (94)
38 Southbank Centre Masterplan Rick Mather
39 Millennium Dome, Greenwich Richard Rogers + Imagination Group
40 Ismaili Centre, South Kensington Casson Conder
41 Goldsmiths, University of London Will Alsop
42 Royal Society of Arts, Great Room John McAslan + Partners ISBN 0-500-28174-2
43 Westbourne Studios Nick and Simon Kirkham
44 Underground house, Notting Hill Michaelis Boyd
45 House at Highgate Cemetery Eldridge Smerin
46 Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Jeremy Dixon, Edward Jones ISBN 3-7913-1349-5
47 30 Finsbury Square Eric Parry
48 Halley Research Station 6, Antarctica Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
49 Celebrity Solstice Francis Design
50 Olivetti Hypo-Bank David Chipperfield ISBN 1-56898-407-3
51 Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadlers Wells Wolff Olins
52 Project 112, Coexistence Tower Future Systems ISBN 0-7148-2767-3
53 Project 113, Donut House Future Systems ISBN 0-7148-2767-3
54 Champagne Krug Pavilion Pentagram
55 Solar Seed House Ross Lovegrove ISBN 3-8228-5883-8


  1. ^ page 5.S, Design Week, 6 May 2009
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  4. ^ El Croquis 127: John Pawson 1995-2005 - Pause for Thought, 2006
  5. ^ El Croquis 87+120: David Chipperfield 1991-2006, 2007
  6. ^ pages, 37, 70, 190, In/Ex Terior: The Works of Eva Jiricna, 2006
  7. ^ ^ pages 6, 7, 8, 13, 23, 27, 335-339, 341, 342, David Chipperfield: Architectural Works 1990-2002, Jonathan Keates, 2003, RA works credited
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  9. ^ a b Architectural Supermodels: Physical Design Simulation; Tom Porter; John Neale (2000). p. 96.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Architectural Supermodels: Physical Design Simulation; Tom Porter; John Neale (2000). pp. 99–102.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ Contemporary British Architects; Peter Murray; Robert Maxwell (1994). pp. 32, 37, 39, 58, 62, 65, 70, 96, 100, 136, 166.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ Pearman, Hugh (2000). Equilibrium: The Work of Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners. RA works un-credited. pp. 43, 123, 172, 174, 211, 226, 235. 
  13. ^ Powell, Kenneth (2004). Culture of Building: The Architecture of John McAslan & Partners. RA works credited. pp. 99–102. 
  14. ^ Building Design (28 May 2004). pp. 8–11.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  • Porter, T., Neale, J. (2000). Architectural Supermodels. Architectural Press. ISBN 0-7506-4928-3
  • Pawley, M. (1993). Future Systems: The Story of Tomorrow'. Phaidon. ISBN 0-7148-2767-3
  • Chipperfield, D. (2004). El Croquis, Nº 120: David Chipperfield (1998–2004). El Croquis.
  • Sudjic, D. (2005). John Pawson 1995-2005 Pause for Thought. El Croquis.

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