Call for Submissions: Model Behaviour Exhibition

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All proposals must be received by June 24, 2013.


Architectural models – scaled-down representations of big ideas – have long been essential tools of the architectural profession. Done well, they have a unique ability to communicate and convince. They offer an unparalleled medium to make a designer’s intent both known and understood.

Architectural model-making is an art form unto itself, one that literally goes back centuries. But with the advent of digital technology, its place in the creative process is dwindling. Still, models hold a special place in the heart of both architects and the public.

This exhibition will highlight the important historic role that architectural models have played in bringing abstract ideas to life while conveying visions of the future. It will demonstrate, through examples, some of the creative ways that architectural models can help architects and designers connect with the public. In so doing, this exhibition will also afford a unique, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creative process, exploring such questions as:

  • What is the role of the architectural model in the overall design process?
  • How can architectural models portray the designer’s intent in ways that 2-dimensional imagery cannot?
  • How closely do models capture the essence of final, built projects?
  • What are some of the different methods, means and materials used to create models?
  • How have architectural models changed to accommodate today’s design trends and advances?
  • Is there still a place for architectural models in today’s design practice?

The Exhibition

This exhibition will showcase architectural models in a wide range of shapes and forms – made of any material, and from any era. Model representations of any built, unbuilt or under construction projects will be considered. The exhibition scope includes both the latest in model design as well as long-forgotten models of favourite past projects that can still capture public interest. Each exhibition model will be accompanied by a single 30 x 30 inch information panel that will explain the project depicted, along with any unique features or foibles of the model itself.

The resulting exhibition will be on public display in the AIBC Gallery (#100-440 Cambie Street, Vancouver) from approximately July 11 – August 30, 2013. The AIBC may also seek other opportunities for public display (including other galleries and digital / social media).

This is not a competition; prizes will not be awarded.

Selection Criteria and Process

Entry is open to all AIBC-registered members and AIBC Intern Architects. Students enrolled in post-secondary architectural programs are also invited to participate in this Call.

Given the subject matter of this exhibition, preference will be given to those proposals that demonstrate:

  • The historic role of three-dimensional models in the architectural process;
  • Unique methods and best practise approaches to architectural model-making;
  • Successful communication of abstract concepts into physical representation; and
  • Exemplary design and creativity.

All proposals will be reviewed by the AIBC Gallery Advisory Committee, which includes volunteers from the architecture and design communities as well as AIBC staff.  Selection for inclusion in the exhibition will be made by the committee, with all such selections being final.

Proposal Submission Requirements

There is no charge to submit a proposal for exhibition consideration. Models relating to completed, non-completed and purely ideas-based projects or representations are welcome.  Please include the following with each submission:

  • Contact information including submitter’s name and professional designations, firm name, address, phone number and e-mail address;
  • A written summary of the submission that addresses the following:
    • How the model relates to, and reflects, the conceptual idea for which it was used;
    • How the model is able to capture the intricacies and important features of the project; and
    • Any special features of the model or model-making process.
  • Three different-angled (top, sides) low-resolution, digital images of each model;
  • Three different low-resolution images of each completed project, if available. (Please select images that best relate to the model); and
  • A digital file with complete attribution for each project submitted (please cross-reference this with the file names of the images submitted). Submitters must have the rights for all ideas and images submitted, and all work must be accurately attributed as per AIBC standards. For specific AIBC attribution requirements pertaining to AIBC members and other registrants, please review Bulletin 44: Attribution: Giving and Taking Credit for Architectural Services.

Selected Exhibitor Requirements

Those individuals selected to participate in the final exhibition will be required to deliver to the AIBC the following:

  • The selected model(s);
  • Model display plinth(s) and cover case(s), if required;
  • 30” x 30” foam-core mounted board that includes:
    • Complete project attribution (see above for details);
    • Project description and additional project imagery; and
    • Any additional text describing the link between the model and the final project.


Conditions of Exhibition Participation

While all submitted projects ideas remain the intellectual property of the submitters, the AIBC reserves the right to promote, reproduce and display these materials. Images and content from this exhibition may also appear in the AIBC journal, architectureBC.

Note: Each submitter is responsible for any costs related to the submission and exhibition process, including the production of exhibition materials.

All exhibition participants understand that the AIBC maintains no insurance coverage for exhibition participants.
As such:

  • Exhibitors are responsible for obtaining their own insurance to cover their belongings, general liability and any related and/or Worksafe coverage.
  • Exhibitors represent and warrant that any required insurance coverage will be in place prior to the commencement of the exhibition and for the duration of the exhibition.
  • Exhibitors agree that the AIBC will not be held liable for any loss or damage to the exhibitor’s materials incurred as a result of transporting, assembling, disassembling, mounting, hanging, displaying or otherwise handling the exhibitor’s materials. The exhibitor hereby releases the AIBC, its employees, agents, council, contractors, successors and assigns from any and all claims arising from any loss or damage to the exhibitor’s materials.

Submission Deadlines *

  • All submissions must be received by June 24, 2013. Submissions should be sent to the AIBC offices at #100 – 440 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2N5. E-mail submissions are encouraged, and can be sent to
  • Those selected for this exhibit will be contacted by approximately July 2, 2013.
  • Final exhibit models, stands / cases, and display boards must be delivered to the AIBC by July 9, 2013.
  • The resulting exhibition is expected to be on display at the AIBC Gallery from approximately July 11 – August 30, 2013.


For questions or more information, please contact the AIBC Communications Department at

* Note: all exhibition parameters, including dates, are subject to change

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