Virat Shukla

Virat Shukla

Los Angeles, CA, US



Architectural Model Builder with 10 years of experience.

Formally trained as a traditional artist, I enjoy collaborating with architects and designers in crafting hi-end scaled representations of built environments.  I am very fast at interpreting architectural drawings and sketches three dimensionally and developing creative solutions for innovative designs under tight deadlines.  I bring great attention to detail in the fabrication and assembly of miniature components, as well as detailed painting and fine finish work. 


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, Assistant Fabrication Lab Manager

Responsible for visualizing and creating display installations and finish work for exhibitions, as well as monitoring and managing a digital and 3D fabrication lab.

Sep 2016 - current

Architectural Model Builder, Boston, MA, US, Independent Contractor

Independent Contractor
Works with architects, artists and designers to craft scaled representations of proposed built environments using digital fabrication machinery and traditional model building tools and methods. Interprets architectural drawings and hand drawings into three - dimensional parts, assembles miniature components and finishes the work to client specifications. Clients include: Payette, Harvard and Wendy Jacobs

Aug 2016 - Aug 2017

Design 3 International (D3I), Baltimore, MD, US, Architectural Model Builder

Worked in a hybrid office/studio setting. Responsibilities included large-scale architectural models from custom made laser cut- and – etched acrylic parts.

Jan 2016 - Aug 2016

Wallcraft INC, Owings Mills, MD, US, Faux Finisher/Decorative Painter

Responsible for creating and executing a wide variety of decorative finishes, including faux wood grain and stone finishes, Venetian plaster, operation and maintenance of specialized equipment such as spray guns, air compressors and other machinery.

Jan 2015 - Dec 2015

LI Craftsmanship LLC, East Northport, NY, US, General Contractor

Responsible for general contracting, painting, spackling, drywall, construction, and woodworking.

Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

LIDCM Corporation, Baltimore, MD, US, Architectural Model Builder/Project Manager

Painted, designed and constructed large-scale architectural models along with a large team of artisans and craftsmen, handled coordination of schedules and work timetables with co-workers, communication with clients, carpentry, spackling, sanding and purchasing of materials.

Jan 2011 - Jan 2013

Model City Models, LLC, Baltimore, MD, US, Architectural Model Builder

Worked in a professional architecture studio environment. Responsibilities included, design, production and fabrication of architectural models for showcasing at international trade conventions.

Jan 2007 - Dec 2008

Big Finish, LLC, Babylon, NY, US, Decorative Painter,

Conceptualized and actualize decorative paintings for home and business interiors. Projects included murals, decorative design and weathering, faux wood and stone finishes; as well as wall painting and preparation work such as sanding and spackling.

Jan 2003 - Dec 2005

Valley Craftsmen, LLC, Decorative Painter/Interior Faux Finisher

Worked with a team of artisans to create on site faux finish and mural projects in the Baltimore-DC area, with some overnight travelling. Projects included faux wood, marble/stone, Venetian plaster and parchment effects.

Jan 2000 - Dec 2004


Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, US, Bachelors, Painting

Jan 1996 - Jun 1999

Areas of Specialization