Neil Merryweather

Senior Associate Partner

Neil is a Senior Associate Partner and Head of Model Making. Having set up the in-house model shop at KPF London in 1993, Neil has worked with the partners of PLP Architecture for twenty years.

Neil advocates the role of the model in the design process. He brings together craftsmanship with artistic vision, intelligence of approach and a continued exploration of new materials and techniques. Exemplary 3D-printed or laser-cut models, such as the N+ Masterplan in Ningbo, China and a retail building in Frankfurt, combine screen-printing, photo-etched nickel silver and LED lighting.

Two models representative of the dialogue between the architectural design and the technical abilities of materials are those for the glazed elevations of the buildings at Nova, Victoria, and for a residential building in Mayfair which integrates laser-cut and tinted wood veneer with photo-etched and chemically patinated bronze.

Several of the team’s models have been exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. These include a proposed academic building in London, along with Heron Tower and The Pinnacle, two projects of KPF London.

As one of the first model makers to use laser-cutting technology and an early explorer and pioneer of rapid prototyping and 3D printing in architectural model making, Neil has delivered presentations at industry events and has taught model making at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and at design courses elsewhere in the UK.

Neil’s model making career, which includes working for London’s main architectural model makers as well as the in-house model shop at Richard Rogers Partnership, succeeds three years in the theatre performing and creating models, stage sets and costumes for clients including London’s Royal Ballet and the Festival Ballet.

Neil was awarded a BA (first class honours) in Theatre Design from Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham.


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