3x5x7: Architectural Model Making


DECEMBER 12-16, 2019

This week-long exhibition and event series explored and celebrated the architectural model and the craft of model making, and featured a collection of models crafted by Austin’s architecture and design community. 3x5x7 models were available through silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the grants and programs of the Austin Foundation for Architecture.* These works were displayed alongside a selection of models created by local architects and architecture firms for a range of projects—from art installations and research to urban planning—revealing the vast range of their makers’ business, research, and creative practices.

All events took place at the exhibition space, 900 Congress Ave, 4th Floor.

  • 3x5x7 Opening Reception
    Thursday, December 12, 2019
    Private event for current AIA Austin members, AIA Austin Allied Members, AIA Austin and Austin Foundation for Architecture boards, and model contributors.
  • Open Viewing Hours
    Friday, December 13, 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm
    The exhibition was open to the public free of charge, and visitors bid on their favorite 3x5x7 model!
  • Monster Model Mayhem!
    Saturday, December 14, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (come and go any time during these hours)
    AIA Austin’s Architecture: K–12 committee held an interactive, family-friendly activity day. Kids and kids-at-heart to create their own models or to enhance existing models using materials from local architecture firms and the UT School of Architecture. The 3x5x7 exhibition was the inspiration. Parents remained on-site with children (no drop-offs).
  • Open Viewing Hours
    Saturday, December 14, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    The exhibition was open to the public free of charge, and visitors bid on their favorite 3x5x7 model!
  • Open Viewing Hours
    Sunday, December 15, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    The exhibition was open to the public free of charge, and visitors  bid on their favorite 3x5x7 model!
  • "Thinking Through Models / Seeing Through Models" and Closing Reception
    Monday, December 16, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    UT School of Architecture faculty members David Heymann, FAIA, and Matt Fajkus, AIA, held a conversation about the potential roles of physical models in the architectural design process, including for internal review and critique, as well as for presentation to others (1 LU). A closing reception for 3x5x7 followed. This event was open to the public and free of charge, and offered an opportunity for a final look at the exhibition and for final bids on the auction! Bidding closed at 6:30 pm and winning auction bidders picked up their model at the closing of the reception.

* Online bidding to bring a piece of 3x5x7 home with you!
6:00 pm December 12 - 6:30 pm December 16
The 3"x5"x7" models on display were made especially for the exhibition by Austin’s architecture and design community. These works of creativity and craftsmanship make a perfect keepsake or holiday gift! Models were displayed anonymously, and buyers learned the identity of their model’s maker upon purchase. The bidding for each model started at $118 (the combined age of AIA Austin and the Austin Foundation for Architecture!). 

Thank you to our Exhibition Sponsors!
Hossley Lighting
McCoy Rockford Commercial Interiors | Steelcase