Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Forget the Scissors and Glue

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Forget the Scissors and Glue

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There is no doubt that the digital age has transformed many academic fields of study on the undergraduate and graduate level. Architecture is no exception to that trend. However, one of the ways that architecture has not progressed has been in the way architects ply their trade. Most specifically, the ability to display scale models of their creative proposals to prospective clients.

As an architect, Damien Murtagh realized the benefits of presenting a physical model to clients far outweighed any impact a drawing could ever have. So in 2009, he began to investigate ways of radically improving current methods while taking inspiration from a contemporary building system he was simultaneously developing. Five years and numerous prototypes later, he had invented Arckit, the world's first architect's reusable scaled model building design kit.

What he discovered was that this was not only an important professional tool for established architects, it was a valuable teaching tool on all levels from students as young as 12 to undergraduate and graduate students completing projects as part of their class course curricula.

"Architects have always used models as a means to explore and communicate ideas, Murtaugh explained. "Today however, cutting and gluing materials is no longer feasible due to time and cost constraints involved. Arckit is a groundbreaking freeform modeling system that opens up a whole new way for architects and everyone to physically visualize their designs."

Hispanic Outlook asked Murtaugh how he made the leap from using Arckit strictly as a business application to a teaching tool for students. …

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