Carlos Castillo. Architectural Model Maker and Digital Fabrication Instructor. Former fabricator at Bjarke Ingels Group, Rafael Viñoly Architects, and Formations Studio.
Part-Time Faculty – Parsons New School of Design
I teach Digital-Fabrication and Architectural Model-Making, focusing on digital manufacturing to aid in the iterative design processes.
CAD Manager – Miniature World
Focused on production efficiency for the team of professional designers. I ensured workflow runs smoothly, build standard CAD processes, and reviewed outputs for quality control.
Senior Model Maker – Bjarke Ingels Group
(2019 – 2022)
Assisted design teams in achieving their model-making needs by leading, coordinating, and training the junior staff in architectural model production. Researched, developed, and ran the 3D print-farm facilities.
Junior Model Maker – Rafael Viñoly Architects
(2016 – 2019)
Executed multiple models for Rafael Vinoly’s private collection and collaborated with/led dozens of international competition quality models.
Shop Manager & Intern Designer – Formations Studio
(2014 – 2015)
Designed, developed, and coordinated the fabrication of 1:1 muck-ups and large-scale art installations. I spent a year working on Stealth, a three-story height concrete sculpture design by artist Tristan Al-Hadad.
Carlos Castillo is a fabricator, educator, and owner of Castillo-FAB, with over 10 years of experience in digital fabrication and architectural model-making.
Currently, Carlos serves as a Part-Time Faculty member at Parsons School of Design at the New School in New York, where he teaches courses on Digital-Fabrication and Architectural Model-Making. In this role, he helps students learn how to use digital manufacturing as a flexible tool in the iterative design process.
Prior to his teaching career, Carlos worked for three years at the highly-regarded architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). During his time there, he trained, assisted, and guided dozens of design teams in fabricating hundreds of study models while developing BIG’s first 3D-print farm. By the end of his time at BIG, the 3D-print farm was averaging 300 printed models per month. Carlos also took on a leadership role in the fabrication of large competitions and marketing models such as a 1:50 NABR model completed in 2021.
His career in architectural model-making began in 2016 when he started as a Junior Model Maker at Rafael Vinoly Architects. In this role, he led the fabrication of a couple of high-end models, including Princeton Stadium and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which are now part of Viñoly’s private collection.
He got his start in the field working for professor and artist Tristan Al-Haddad at Formations Studio in Atlanta, GA. While there, he developed and built Stealth under Tristan’s direction, a three-story concrete monolith that took a year to complete.
Carlos Castillo attended Kennesaw State University, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 2014. Today, he is a freelance Architectural Model Maker and the owner of Castillo-FAB, which offers fabrication, ed printing, and model-making solutions to designers in the New York metro area.