The Architecture of Music: An introduction to Architecture and the Built Environment

Course summary

DisciplineThe Built Environment
DatesCourse closed
Duration3 Days
Delivery Online


Architecture is first and foremost a creative practice. The ways and means of both conceptualising and generating architectural forms are fundamental to the architect’s skill set. This short course will explore the use of generative processes in architectural design. Commencing with a published musical score - i.e. a piece of sheet music - participants will explore the material and spatial translation of their chosen musical score into compelling architectural structures. To guide, students will be introduced to simple hand-drawn diagrammatic strategies and 3D digital modeling techniques. At the completion of the course, each student will have authored a unique architectural proposal whilst in parallel be exposed to design practices and software used by students in their first year of architectural study at the University of Canberra.

Course Highlights

  • A better understanding of what the first year of architectural school is like
  • Verbal presentation skills
  • Digital portfolio development and skills
  • Introduction to 3D modeling software


Open: Now Open
Close: 23rd September 2020


This course is open to interested year 11 and 12 students


29 - 30 September, 2 October



Course Information

Course requirements

Participants are expected to have an internet connection and a computer/laptop.

Start time

  • Tuesday, September 29th: 1130-1330 & 1430-1630
  • Wednesday, September 30th: 1130-1330 & 1430-1630
  • Friday, October 2nd : 1130-1330 & 1430-1630

Course duration

12 hours over 3 days

Delivery modes

Online only


Certificate of Participation awarded on completion

Meet your Presenter

Iain (Max) Maxwell
Associate Professor in Architecture

Iain [Max] Maxwell is a registered Architect and an Associate Professor in Architecture at the University of Canberra. His practice, teaching and research focuses on the creative overlap of digital design techniques, bespoke material processes and robotic fabrication. His work has been globally exhibited, most notably: 2016 & 2012 Venice Biennales, 2013 ArchiLab 09: Naturalising Architecture; New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture.

Related Degrees

Course CodeAward
ABB001 Bachelor of the Built Environment (Architecture)
ABB002Bachelor of the Built Environment (Interior Architecture)
290JABachelor of Landscape Design

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