Acoustics: An Important Design Consideration for All Projects

These projects showcase the benefits of focusing on acoustics.
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1 AIA LU/Elective; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; 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

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe strategies for optimizing acoustics in multi-use spaces
  2. Recognize the acoustic needs for different design applications
  3. List two acoustical design considerations described in the presented projects
  4. Describe the importance of optimizing acoustics in various building sectors

This course is part of the Acoustics Academy

This course is part of the The Acoustics Academy

Below are a set of links to building type studies from Architectural Record, which are in-depth analyses of particular kinds of buildings, with photos, drawings, specifications, detailed descriptions, and design solutions. Click on each link below, read the article then complete the quiz to earn your credit and certificate of completion.

This course showcases several projects that demonstrate the wide range of solutions to the acoustical challenges faced in the everyday world. Noise control is addressed in many ways, using varied materials and designs in or der to enhance occupant wellness and productivity. These projects showcase the benefits of focusing on acoustics.

University of Michigan’s Taubman College Studies New Functions for Glass
Architectural research projects suggest glass may have the untapped ability to enhance occupant wellness and productivity.
Kelly Beamon

RISD North Hall by NADAAA
Take a look at the first newly constructed dormitory at RISD in 34 years.
Josephine Minutillo

Institute of Hearing Lab by VIB Architecture
Architecture is expected to contribute to this project’s international prestige.
Andrew Ayers

Mecanoo Respectfully Revises Mies van der Rohe’s MLK Library
The thoughtful reconfigurations and recalibrations of the MLK Library gently layer in a softer, more humanistic touch.
Deane Madsen

Catalyst by Katerra and Michael Green Architecture
Catalyst is one of North America’s largest buildings to pursue both zero energy and zero carbon certification.
Joann Gonchar, FAIA

CO-OP Ramen House by Marlon Blackwell Architects
In the words of the designers, “projects like this reaffirm the ethos that everything deserves architecture.”
Beth Broome

Kalvebod Fælled School by Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter
These Copenhagen-based architects have embraced building in the round
Josephine Minutillo

Hearing Lab

Photo © Cyrille Lallement

The Institue of Hearing's lab building in central Paris

Originally published in December 2020