Transformative Art & Architecture and The Architecture of Universal Beauty

Transformative Art  Architecture  (TAA) is an International Anthroposophical Professional Development Initiative. Its aim is to research and teach an Anthroposophical Theory of Transformative Art and Architecture based on the spiritual view of the human being and universe as  taught by Rudolf Steiner.

The architectural-artistic method arising from this theory is known as Biosculptural Architecture. Biosculptural courses are taught through the TAA Professional Development Initiative. Course participants may in the future choose to do further courses to qualify as Biosculptural consultants.

The  TAA Initiative was founded by Johannes Schuster in 2017, after running seminars on “The Architecture of Universal Beauty(AUB) from 2011 – 2016 in Australia, Switzerland (Goetheanum), Malaysia, China and Argentina. In 2017 his wife Sue Schuster joined the initiative. Since then they have been working together, with Johannes focusing on the theoretic content and Sue bringing her artistic skills and experience to the course.


In 2019 the first  year 4 module  course will only be offered in Beijing, China. However, since the course is held in English (with Chinese translations) it is open to international participants.

The course will be held at the premises of the Nanshang Waldorf school located in the outer surrounds of Beijing. We are happy to welcome international visitors for this course. Accommodation is available in the local village; transport to and from the airport can be arranged. Please contact Johannes for further details.

Please note

  • the dates in the downloadable 2019 Course document have changed. For the revised dates and new Beijing location please click here

Click here to  view/download the 2019  Course Document and Dates

Click here to  view/download the 2019  Course Document in Chinese Translation

Participants may attend the course formally or informally, pending on whether they wish to become formally qualified as “Biosculptural Consultants” or not. For more details about the course, as well as the biosculptural qualification pathway, download the 2019 Course Document.

The four course modules themes are:

Module I: Language of Form I: NATURE
The Four Ethers and the Architecture of Universal Beauty 

 Module II: Language of Form II: THE HUMAN BEING
The Hierarchy of Forms and the Human Being as Universal Point of Reference


The Universal Architecture of the Creative Proces

Module IV: Process II: PRACTICUM
Recognizing and Creating Meaningful Form


Who are the seminars for?

  • anyone interested in Art and Architecture from a spiritual perspective,
  • including  ARCHITECTS, DESIGNERS, ARTISTS, TEACHERS and STUDENTS open to explore new paradigms of form and design.


Aim and Inspiration

As quoted elsewhere on this website, during the building of the first Goetheanum, Rudolf Steiner said in one of his lectures:

….” if the ideas underlying such works of art find followers — then people who allow themselves to be impressed by these works of art and who have learnt to understand their language, will never do wrong to their fellow men either in heart or intellect, because the forms of art will teach them how to love; they will learn to live in harmony and peace with their fellow beings. Peace and harmony will pour into all hearts through these forms;

… However much study may be given to the elimination of crime and wrong-doing from the world, true redemption, the turning of evil into good, will in future depend upon whether true art is able to pour a spiritual fluid into the hearts and souls of human beings.”

R. Steiner, Ways to a new style of Architecture, 1914

What are we to make of the above quote?

How can our artistic creations possibly be “turning evil into good” or “pour a spiritual fluid into the hearts and souls of human beings“? Where can we begin to find both, practical and conceptual answers to this question?

One thing seems certain:  There can be no spiritual (i.e. morally transformative) effects without spiritual causes. It behoves us therefore to look into the spiritual realities that stand behind the arts and behind the processes by which we bring them into being.

In the Course…

…we examine the processes by which spiritual realities come to expression, both in the forms of nature, and in the forms and works of art shaped by human hands.

Nature seems to have the magic touch of universal beauty. It’s forms are always functional, beautiful and full of meaning. But nature cannot produce works of art in the way we human beings can. Unlike nature we can create both, ugliness and beauty, yet our creations rarely reach the heights of universal beauty.

What if we could look over nature’s shoulders and glean some of her secrets? If we could begin to understand some of the processes and spiritual realities that stand behind nature, perhaps this might help us producing creations of our own that, without copying nature, bear within them a degree of universal beauty and, perhaps, the seeds of love and moral transformation?

How does spirit enter into our creations?

How do we lift matter into a higher sphere?

Exploring Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science from the perspective of Form Creation, we will be seeking to identify an artistic and universal Language of Form, capable of speaking out of the same forces that have shaped us, together with the forms of nature.

For more deatails go to the  2019  Course Document



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