1+ months

Architectural Model Maker

St. Louis, MO

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. With offices around the globe, we create a better world through the design of buildings and spaces that respond to the needs people and the environment. Our designers are rooted in technical excellence, driven by imagination and focused on delivering solutions that inspire clients and communities.


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch named HOKs St. Louis office one of the areas Top Workplaces for 2018.


We are currently seeking an Architectural Model Maker to join our team in St. Louis, Missouri for a temporary assignment. As a Model Maker, you will be responsible for constructing full-size and to-scale precision models and displays.  The ideal candidate must be able to perform basic model-making tasks using various materials such as wood, Plexiglas, paper, cardboard, paint and tools such as X-Acto knives, scissors, saws, sanders and other shop equipment. 



  • Under close supervision, provides 3D physical model and visualization services to HOKs design teams.
  • Translates design/schematic drawing sets and CAD-based construction documents into 3D physical models.
  • Will translate computer models into physical models by preparing data for architectural model shop equipment and cutting material by hand. 
  • Reads blueprints, Auto Cad files, 3D digital models, topological maps, drawings, or written specifications to determine project delivery requirements.
  • Uses machines and tools such as table saws, band saws, planers, jointers, hand-tools, etc. to create models and displays.
  • Applies finishes such as shellac, lacquer or wax, etc. to models and displays.
  • Responsible for adherence to project budget and schedule. 
  • Maintains current knowledge of prototyping, materials,manufacturing techniques, software solutions and incorporates this knowledge into project work. 
  • Archives projects in a systematic and accessible manner.
  • Takes personal responsibility for health & safety in the model shop and fostering a green workplace through sustainable work practices.
  • Fosters a culture of external and internal client service.


Required Skills
  • Must be a creative problem solver, detail-oriented and have a willingness to learn on the job.
  • Ability to link abstract or unrelated ideas, visualize in 3D dimensions and poses a sense of scale.
  • Ability to conceptually generate new and fresh ideas along with a genuine enthusiasm and interest in design, 3D visualizations and presentation.
  • Physical ability to handle materials and tools, stand for long periods of time, conduct repetitive hand motions and effectively coordinate hands and eyes.
  • Basic knowledge in determining material appropriateness, design layout, model type and purpose.
  • Basic knowledge of machines and tools used in the creation of models; including their intended uses, and maintenance to include but not limited to: table saw, band saw, planer, jointer.
  • Basic understanding of finishing techniques including coatings such as shellac, lacquer, or wax.
  • Basic math skills.
  • Proficiency in 3D modeling and architectural visualization imagery software such as AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
  • Proficiency in Rhinoceros 3D, Revit, and SketchUp preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work in team environment.
  • Ability to work under short deadlines with significant output demands
Required Experience
  • Minimum high school diploma required.  Bachelors degree in architecture, interior design, graphic design, industrial design, fine arts or other related field of study preferred.
  • 1 year previous architectural modeling, prototyping, graphics, arts or wood shop experience preferred.
  • Completed a first-aid course within the first month of hire.  


HOK is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable Federal, State or Local law. 


Job Location
St Louis, Missouri, United States
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