About me

Model builder for architecture, art and museums

Oswald Dillier is a problem-solver and passionate architectural model builder. He is not content until he has found the brilliant solution, the perfect material and the right partners to execute the project.

New projects often begin with a telephone conversation. Architects, general contractors and museums call on Oswald Dillier’s ideas – especially when it comes to tricky model building tasks. That’s when his practical knowledge and willingness to go bold new ways, serves him in good stead. Together with his broad network of specialists and craftsmen, he guarantees superior quality in execution and workmanship.

Artists too appreciate Oswald Dillier’s exceptional skills: his quick perceptiveness, careful selection of materials and attention to detail. It is no coincidence that he has completed several models for Christo and Jeanne-Claude since 1991.

Because of his often unconventional approach, Oswald Dillier is also in demand as a lecturer. His originality and love of experimentation leave the architecture students at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) bubbling with creativity.


Professional Background Oswald Dillier

  • 1978–1982: Training as a technical model builder
  • 1982–1987: Employed in art logistics at Josy Kraft – installation, dismantling and transport of art exhibitions throughout Europe
  • 1988–1991: Further education as architectural model builder with Ursula Burla
  • Since 1991: Founded own model building studio in Basel
  • Since 2012: Visiting Lecturer at the FHNW in Muttenz, advanced electives in model building and independent work with wood and metal