Richard Tenguerian

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Richard Tenguerian (Armenian: Տիգրան Թընկըրեան; born, August 3, 1955) is an architectural model maker of Armenian descent. Some of his notable physical models include the Kingdom Center in Riyadh (1998), Yankee Stadium in New York (2006), The Sail @ Marina Bay in Singapore (2007), and Comcast Center in Philadelphia (2008). More recently, he has made architectural models for the New Tappan Zee Bridge in New York (2013), CBS Sixty Minutes, and the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project in New York (2014).[1] He is the founding principal of Tenguerian Models and resides in New York City.

Early life[edit]

Richard Tenguerian was born in Aleppo, Syria. His parents are survivors of the Armenian Genocide[citation needed]. His father, Antranig Tenguerian, was a sculptor and his mother, Mary Tenguerian, was a fashion designer who worked for Chanel Studio in Lebanon[citation needed].

At age 14, while attending school, Richard entered a summer internship program with one of Lebanon’s leading architectural firms, where he made his first model. He applied to the American University in Beirut, but the 1975 Lebanese Civil War thwarted his intentions.


At age 21, Richard visited a relative in New York and was intrigued by the opportunities the city offered[citation needed]. He began working as a model maker, and built a reputation in the architectural community, which helped him finance his undergraduate education. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Pratt Institute.[2]

Encouraged by the high demand for model makers in the architectural community, Richard started his own company, becoming a pioneer in the field[citation needed]. Early on in his career, he was contacted by the legendary architect Philip Johnson, who sought his services, thus paving his way to greater accomplishments[citation needed].

In addition to various projects in the United States, he has created models for buildings in Dubai, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Indonesia and England. He has also developed models for clients in Russia, South America, the Fiji Island and the Bahamas.[3]

Selected models[edit]


  1. ^ Satow, Julie (14 February 2014). "A Translator of Blueprints". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 February 2018. 
  2. ^ Avedian, Berjouhi. Azad-Hye 2009.
  3. ^ New York Times, 2014.

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