Here are some materials that can be used for architectural model making:

  1. Cardboard or card stock comes in various colors and finishes, and is easy to cut and shape. Paper mache may also be a suitable material to work with.
  2. Balsa wood is a common material used for model construction. It is easy to cut, available in a variety of weights, and relatively cheap to purchase. Basswood is another type of material used often in model making, and is great for carving and other wood crafts.
  3. Foam sheets come in a variety of thicknesses and are easy to cut and sturdy.
  4. Cork sheets are more flexible and easier to handle than foam boards. They can also provide an element of texture to your model.
  5. Metal is great for building structures and demonstrating finishes on your model. Aluminum or copper are popular metals to use for architectural models.