Rick Armiger, master modelmaker, London
Where are you from?
I’m originally from Baltimore but I now divide my time between London and Piacenza in Italy.
What makes your job special to you?
I work with a fantastic range of designers and architects such as John Pawson and David Chipperfield. My role means I’m there right at the birth - when their “big ideas” first emerges. It’s in my studio where the first 3D models are realised that everyone sees.
Is there a community aspect to your profession?
Absolutely. Because models are universally understood. They speak an international language.
Why did you come to Britain to work?
I had a lot of great mentors in the UK.
How do the UK and USA differ?
I don’t look at it that way. It’s more yin and yang but I love both equally.
Why do you think there is a resurgence in craft in the 21st century and why is that important?
The beautifully made will never go out of fashion.