Even in this time of digital everything, the power of a building model — not a rendering, not a 3D image, not a video flythrough — still holds sway with both architects and clients. Although many firms do their own model work, certain projects and clients require the hand of a master. And Richard Tenguerian is among the best.
Tenguerian, who trained as an architect and worked at several firms before embracing his true calling, gets his due in a great profile by the New York Times. Describing the path that led him to becoming the go-to person for top-notch architectural models, Tenguerian notes that he is but one person in a trade with a centuries-old history.
“As a professional model maker, we bring the architect’s vision into reality, that process from the invisible to the visible,” Mr. Tenguerian said recently, sitting behind his desk, his voice occasionally punctured by the sound of whirring machinery used by his workers. “Modeling is not new, it is historical. In Egypt, there was no photography or paper and they created clay models to preserve and document their history. I am part of a long practice.”
Click here to read the full profile and see a slideshow of Tenguerian, his studio, and more.
All images: Katherine Marks for The New York Times.