AIA approved learning programs that are eligible for CE credit

Acoustic Simulation for Architects

AD Speaker: Arthur van der Harten, Senior Associate

For more than a decade, the acoustics software Pachyderm Acoustic Simulation has been teaching about sound to professionals in the design fields. This session will demonstrate some forms of acoustics simulation that can be used by architects to perform some rudimentary acoustics building performance analysis, to address a variety of common problems, such as human noise in hard spaces like atria or lobbies, speech privacy in open spaces like offices, or even cultivation of unique acoustical phenomena in expressive spaces.

Acoustic Flexibility for Performance Spaces Using Electronic Enhancement

AD Speaker: David Kahn, Founding Principal

Almost all performance spaces (theatres, concert halls, etc.) are used for a wide range of programming types and styles. Acoustic flexibility is often incorporated into the design of these spaces to allow adjustment of the room’s loudness and reverberation to best suit each activity. Until recently, retractable heavy velour curtains or banners were typically used for this purpose. A newer approach is an “active” system (also sometimes called “electronic enhancement” or “electronic architecture”), which uses digital signal processing and a dedicated loudspeaker system to achieve the same result, and a growing number of companies have developed systems of this kind. The panel will discuss the history of and the newest developments in active systems to deliver acoustic flexibility. Examples of performance spaces that incorporate this technology will also be presented.

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