Hi Tony, I would like to share the news with you about my applications to a masters of landscape architecture. I was offered admission to the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and the University of Guelph, with generous entrance scholarships for each. I would like to thank you for advising me with my project in architectural modelling class and for all of your advice on portfolios and letters of intent. A substantial part of my portfolio consisted of pieces from your perspective drawing and architectural modelling classes. I’m sure that your suggestions and the skills you taught me helped to strengthen my submission. Kind regards, E.

Thank you K.G. – Teachers love to hear from appreciative students. Good Luck!

Hi Tony, Thank you so much for your reference letter. I received the offer from UBC Environmental Design Program!  Your courses really helped with my portfolio. Especially the museum  project, it made my portfolio stronger and more complete.  Additionally, remember you persuaded me from quitting the application last time we met in the hallway? You… Read More »

Architecture & Model Making for Teens Up & the Young at Art

Architecture & Model Making for Teens Up & the Young at Art Summer 2016  – Shadbolt Center Burnaby BC (15 and up, way up) August 2nd to 5th   (10:00-3:00) (4 days) Teens and the young at art of any age learn some of the basic hands-on design studio skills for architecture. By collaborating with other students we… Read More »

Congrats to this young woman! I am very happy for you! (Hard work to come, but just put one foot in front of the other – you’ll make it :)

Hi Tony, I am thrilled to tell you that I am accepted to the Master of Architecture program at UBC! I think this wouldn’t have happened without your support. Thank you so much for your advice, good feedback and all your support. I can’t appreciate enough. Best Regards,  Ms JJ

A very successful Architecture applicant! Congratulations!

Hi Tony, I would like to update you on the status of my applications to grad school for architecture and landscape architecture. I am overjoyed to inform you that I received letters of acceptance to both University of Toronto (MLA) and University of British Columbia (MLA & MArch). In addition, UBC included a generous entrance… Read More »

Kudos to M! She is accepted to Cornell University, MLArch Program

Hi Tony, … I took some courses with you in the Fall (2015) at Emily Carr, namely, the Architectural Modelling and Creative Drawing for Architecture classes. I just wanted to let you know that I received my first letter of acceptance a few days ago to Cornell University for the Master’s of Landscape Architecture, and… Read More »

STEP BY STEPS For Highrise Model Project

This is a “Design Sketch Model”. Buildings designed with a physical sketch-model are different and more sculptural than buildings designed with drawings alone, even those designed with 3d computer programs.  Here is the general process for a modelling project I often do with my students. Every student alters and customizes the building design, often radically.We model and draw… Read More »


This is a series of 3 parts – videos showing an exercise aimed at gaining an understanding and a little practice in drawing “orthographics”, an important basic drawing tool for  creating plan/elevation/section for architectural drafting and design. The 3rd video also shows how to lift the plan into an axonometric, also called an “axo”, a… Read More »

Accepted Carleton Architecture! Congrats…(click title) (If you follow this link you will find many examples of architecture and other portfolios.) Hello Tony,    This is Guillermo. I was enrolled in 3 of your courses at Emily Carr in the fall term, I would like to thank you for helping me develop my skills in architecture.  I received my letter… Read More »

ACCEPTED TO UBC ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL! (Click title – link to portfolio below)

Congrats on your acceptance! (I just got this note from a recent student today. Jordan took several of my architecture related model-building, design, and drawing courses, all represented in his portfolio) :    Hey Tony!  I found out today that I was accepted into the UBC architecture program for this coming Fall. I could not… Read More »

BUILDING SKETCH MODELS (click title for pics)

ADRIAN BEHENNAH, a student who took several of my courses, built this model in 2014. The studio class starts with a basic plan provided, but participants are encouraged to use the model as an individual exploration of space and form in whatever direction they wish. Sketch models use a very easy process of foamcore and… Read More »

PRESENTATION MODEL (click title for pics)

This is a ‘finished’ presentation model in styrene plastic.  It was part of my masters thesis project (R&D FACILITY FOR INTERNATIONAL SUBMARINE ENGINEERING CO.)  The reflective water is ‘wet-look’ bathroom tile. I built it in 3 weeks – very different time scale from a sketch model in foamcore and glue gun. I actually built it… Read More »

DOODLEPLAN, Design Dwg. Orthographic Exercise 1 OF 2

This is a very particular, MUST HAVE,   “skill-set” for designers – the discourse between plan and elevation (and ultimately 3d axo). It’s ‘drafting’, and yet it’s more than that. It is something you can become very adept at even though you haven’t gone through a full design process. It’s a bit like becoming very… Read More »