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Designing Acoustics for Your Environment

Rob Rogers - Friday, November 09, 2012

We recently came across a great blog article from Maria Lorena Lehman over at on how sensory design can help responsive architecture be more effective. Ms. Lehman writes:

By targeting the senses through each modality, architecture can unleash its potential to really help those who experience it in real-time. As an architect, it is your arrangement of the environment which will touch occupants positively or negatively — thus, to keep things positive, factor in sensory design. It can make all the difference.

Sensory design is, of course, a process of arranging environmental stimuli in such a way as to help occupants of a space achieve their goals efficiently and enjoyably. Clearly, acoustics play an important role in that process. Much has been made of how acoustics affect humans in their work environment and school environments. (See  Productivity: How Acoustics Affect Workers’ Performance In Offices & Open Areas and Classroom Acoustics Affect Student Achievement.) However, acoustics also play an important role in how we experience any environment. Whether listening to music in a place of worship or auditorium, having a conversation in a crowded restaurant or trying to hear an announcement in a conference center, intentional acoustic design can mean the difference between a pleasant experience and a frustrating one. 

At AVD, we have decades of experience working with architects and project managers to ensure that a structure's acoustics are optimal for its purpose. We'd love to help you with your next project. Give us a call at 800-893-7555 or contact us for a free consultation today.  


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