Acoustic Design for Commercial Applications

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Live webinar airing on February 10, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST
Sponsored by Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions
Presented by Eric Lambiaso and Sean Browne

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop a basic understanding of acoustic metrics.
  2. Describe the general acoustic performance goals of the projects presented in this course.
  3. State one acoustical challenge and its resolution presented in this course.
  4. Explain the value of a balanced acoustical design in commercial spaces.


1 AIA LU/Elective
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course is approved as a Core Course
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

The acoustical quality of commercial spaces is impacted by many factors, and ensuring adequate speech reception and speech intelligibility is a common challenge. In this course, you will learn about basic metrics used in acoustic design and how specific architectural and acoustic parameters can be used during the design process. Through example, you will learn about the factors that lead to increased acoustical performance and comfort in commercial projects.

Acoustic Comfort

Photo courtesy of Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions


Eric Lambiaso, LEED AP BD+C, Eric is a senior associate and LEED AP architectural designer in Sasaki’s interiors group with expertise in all phases of design, from programming through construction administration. With over 20 years of experience as both a project manager and project architect, Eric has led several large commercial design teams. Eric also has a passion for sustainability and is involved in environmental endeavors both within Sasaki and the larger community.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Building Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also completed an International Design Program in Architecture at Ecoles D’Beaux Art Americaines de Fontainbleau. He has served as a member of the Programming Committee for CoreNet Global and is a member of the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties.


Sean Browne is senior principal scientist for Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he leads the Armstrong Acoustics Program. He is a member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Sean holds engineering degrees from Florida State University and The University of Miami, and a patent for a power and signal distribution system (interior building spaces). He has been published in the journals of the International Symposium on Room Acoustics and the Acoustical Society of America. Sean can be reached at


Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions Armstrong World Industries is a leader in the design and manufacture of innovative commercial ceiling and wall systems. At home, at work, in health-care facilities, classrooms, stores, and restaurants, Armstrong Ceiling & Wall Solutions offer interior options that help create healthy, sustainable spaces that protect people and cultivate well-being and comfort so they can be at their best.

Armstrong is committed to developing new and sustainable ceiling solutions, with design and performance possibilities that empower its customers to create beautiful, high-performance residential and commercial buildings. Armstrong continues to grow and prosper for the benefit of all its stakeholders.


Originally published in February 2021