Open Satellite announces the launch of a biennial exhibition of architectural model making. This two-part exhibition presents models of recent projects from Portland-based Allied Works Architecture along with the winning results of a juried student competition from degree granting architecture programs in the Western US and Canada.

Each SUPERMODEL reoccurrence will have a new regional focus intended to highlight the work of one prominent architectural practice exhibited alongside the academic achievement of students from the same region.

Allied Works Architecture

In the brief span of only fifteen years, Allied Works Architecture has earned international acclaim by creating architecture with restrained conceptual rigor and complex spatial poetics that consistently compliment their art-based functions. Presented in this exhibition are two models from the recent competition-winning entry for the National Music Centre of Canada (currently in design) and one model from the competition-winning entry for the Clyfford Still Museum (currently under construction in Denver).

If architectural model-making can be reduced to three primary categories of concept, study and presentation, then the three models presented within the exhibition would fall under the concept model definition. All three examples on display were created during the earliest stages of project design and as tools for exploring an evocative set of spatial, formal or material relationships. This is the stage in a project defined by big gestures and broad ideas. In contrast, a presentation model would have a greater degree of detail and realism in an effort to represent the specific qualities of a completed architectural design.  Likewise, a study model would focus on a particular assembly of materials or details in an effort to understand a specific architectural problem.

Beyond their accelerating success in the arena of architectural competitions, Allied Works Architecture was chosen to represent the professional practice category in SUPERMODEL 2010 because of their ongoing dedication to model making as a critical component of their design process. This is a practice that has become increasingly unusual as the allure of software generated 3D rendering continues to eclipse the need for physical models in education as well as professional practice.

Presented in SUPERMODEL 2010, the concept models from Allied Works Architecture present an arresting sensual relationship to materiality and a clear hierarchical arrangement of primary volumes that engage viewers’ interest and curiosity about spatial possibility in architecture.

SUPERMODEL Student Exhibitors

For the student portion, a panel of jurors selected work by thirteen architecture students and recent graduates for inclusion in the exhibition. Of these thirteen, one was awarded the grand prize including a cash prize of $1,500 and four honorable mentions were selected. Each was awarded $250. Prize.

The grand prize was awarded to Cory Mattheis, for his model Social Patterns:  Individuality + Architecture. While all of the final model submissions presented strong visions through photographs, viewing models in person helped to clarify additional strengths. Mattheis’s project emerged from the jury process as exemplary with regard to the requirements put forth in the competition brief, namely "evidence of architectural innovation, skilled craftsmanship and spatial/formal virtuosity".

The Jurors collectively noted that this model conveyed a clear expression of structural and spatial innovation through the cellular nature of the spanning system. The craftsmanship of the model was felt to be high and the rough quality of the laser cut parts served to distinguish the character of the resulting architectural assembly system.  The jury thus commended this student with the Grand Prize for the model’s synthesis of appropriate technology, visually compelling public spaces, complex geometry, formal clarity and range of detail.

Nick Belkowski, Washington State University
Chelsea Gorkiewicz, University of Washington
Courtney Healey, University of British Columbia
Matthew C. Joiner, University of Colorado
Adam LaFortune, University of Utah
Juan Lau, Woodbury University, HONORABLE MENTION
Pornwipha Lertcochalug, University of Washington
Cory Mattheis, University of Washington, GRAND PRIZE
Elliot Meier, University of Oregon
Hunter Ruthrauff, Cal Poly Pomona, HONORABLE MENTION
Christopher Sklar, University of British Columbia, HONORABLE MENTION
Andrew Tsai, University of Oregon
Alan Tse, University of California, Berkeley, HONORABLE MENTION


Ken Oshima, College of Built Environments, University of Washington
Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo, LEAD PENCIL STUDIO
Steven Badgett and Matthew Lynch, SIMPARCH


Exhibition Dates
February 3 – March 13, 2010

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Opening Event
Wednesday, February 3, 6-9 PM

Related Programs
Wednesday, March 3, 5:30-8:30 PM
ARCADE 28.3 Launch Party

Wednesday, March 10, 7 PM
Brad Cloepfil Lecture

Saturday, March 13, 11 AM – 2 PM
Family Model-Making Workshop

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Allied Works Architecture

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