AIA Austin and the Austin Foundation for Architecture have produced and hosted a number of exhibitions in recent years—including Design With Me (2016), a design collaboration between architects and children; Shape the Conversation (2017), organized by the AIA Austin Women in Architecture committee with AIA Houston; Fehr & Granger, Architects: Austin Modernists (2017), organized with the Austin History Center; SAY IT LOUD(ER) (2019), an exhibition elevating the work of minority architects, engineers, and designers of color organized by Pascale Sablan and presented in conjunction with SXSW; and PERSPECTIVAS, the AIA Austin Latinos in Architecture committee’s annual series showcasing the work and talent of Latino architectural professionals.

In an effort to continue to promote architecture and its broad artistic and cultural significance, AIA Austin and the Foundation jointly coordinate an ongoing exhibition series, beginning in December 2019 with:


DECEMBER 12-16, 2019

Join AIA Austin and the Austin Foundation for Architecture for 3x5x7, an exhibition and event series exploring and celebrating the architectural model and the craft of model making! View a collection of models crafted by Austin’s architecture and design community. 3x5x7 models will be available through silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the grants and programs of the Austin Foundation for Architecture.* These works will be 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 take place at the exhibition space, 900 Congress Ave, 4th Floor.

  • Thursday, December 12
    Private event - invitation only
    Private event for current AIA Austin members, Allied Members, Austin Foundation for Architecture board, and model contributors. If you have not received your invitation, please call 512-452-4332.
  • Saturday, December 14
    1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (come and go any time during these hours)
    Monster Model Mayhem!
    Join AIA Austin’s Architecture: K–12 committee for an interactive, family-friendly activity day. Kids and kids-at-heart are invited to create their own models or to enhance existing models using materials from local architecture firms and the UT School of Architecture. View the 3x5x7 exhibition for inspiration as you craft! Parents must remain on-site with children (no drop-offs).
    Sorry; registration for this event has filled! Sign up for our email lists for information about future Architecture: K–12 events!
  • Monday, December 16
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    "Thinking Through Models / Seeing Through Models" and Closing Reception
    Join UT School of Architecture faculty members David Heymann, FAIA, and Matt Fajkus, AIA, for 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 will follow. This event is open to the public and free of charge, and offers an opportunity for a final look at the exhibition and for final bids on the auction! Bidding will close at 6:30 pm and winning auction bidders may pick up their model at the closing of the reception.*

Bid online 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! Although models will be displayed anonymously, you will learn the identity of your model’s maker upon your purchase. The bidding for each model starts at $118 (the combined age of AIA Austin and the Austin Foundation for Architecture!). All purchases may be picked up during the closing reception on December 16, or at the Austin Center for Architecture at 801 W. 12th Street from December 17–18 between 8:30am–6pm.

Thank you to our Exhibition Sponsors!



Call for Entries
Submission deadline: December 3

This December, AIA Austin and the Austin Foundation for Architecture will present 3x5x7, an exhibition and event series that explores and celebrates the architectural model and the craft of model-making. The exhibition will showcase a selection of models by Austin architects and firms. In addition, we are asking the architecture and design community to create and contribute models that will be displayed as part of the exhibition, and that will be available for sale-by-donation throughout its run. Proceeds will benefit the grants and programs of the Austin Foundation for Architecture, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to promoting the positive impact of architecture for all Austinites.

Models must meet our submission parameters. The rest is up to you—your creativity and craftsmanship is encouraged! This is an opportunity to showcase the talents of Austin’s architects, designers, and makers for a good cause!

To participate, pick up your model figure and submission card from the Austin Center for Architecture at 801 W. 12th Street, open M–Th 8:30–6/F 8:30–Noon. Completed models must be delivered to the Center between November 20–December 3.

Models will be on display December 12–16, and available for sale-by-donation. Any unsold models will be returned to the Center and can be retrieved in January 2020.

Thank you for lending your time and talent to this effort!

Submission Parameters

  • Each model must be ¼” scale and contain at least one scale figure, to be provided by AIA Austin and to remain unaltered.
  • The model (including its base) cannot extend outside a 3” x 5” x 7” hypothetical envelope.
  • The model’s material must touch all six sides of this area, but does not have to complete the side.
  • Any non-perishable non-toxic material may be used.
  • The model will be displayed on a tabletop surface, but can have any orientation.
  • The model cannot have any loose parts that could fall off if moved. Flexible materials like fabric or string may be used as long as they meet the other parameters, and as long as the model is self-supporting.
  • The model cannot have any outward identifying marks of their maker (e.g., names, logos, product placement). All models will be displayed anonymously, with your submission card provided to the model’s buyer.
Image courtesy of Murray Legge Architecture LLC