According to the Amherst Archives and Special Collections, the building was designed by the architect Benjamin Thompson in 1967-68. Thompson was a founding member of the influential The Architects Collaborative, along with its most famous member, Walter Gropius.
The design is stripped down and utilitarian while using materials on the exterior that harmonize with the rest of the Amherst campus. All in all, it’s a relatively staid addition to the campus, probably exactly what Amherst had requested.
The inside of the Music Building has concrete coffered ceilings similar to this other Thompson design we have featured.
At the entrance located under an overhang, the brick pavers along the ground continue into the lobby space.