Chemistry is a branch of physical science which studies composition, structure, properties and change of matter… most specifically focused on atoms and their interactions with other atoms. Today, the word chemistry extends beyond a pure scientific context and is frequently associated with interactions between people. Those natural interpersonal connections that require little effort to flourish are said to be the result of the right ‘chemistry’.
In recent team discussions exploring how to better define the value acoustical services bring to any particular project, the word chemistry came up.
Team chemistry is fueled by mutual understanding and respect for each player’s strengths and perspectives. Mixed with the right proportion of communications and rapport, positive and fruitful collaborations are the result.
Acoustic consultants often take on the role of a catalyst in provoking or speeding up significant change or action in respect to a space’s design. Aligning the elements of different design disciplines in how they interact, helps make a space sound as it should for its intended purpose.
Spaces free of audible distractions are more prone to strengthen connections between people. Such spaces enable more compelling interactions and heightened levels of engagement. Environments and setting play a role in chemical reactions – on both molecular and relational levels.
Interaction is the key trigger. Interaction changes the status quo and realizes a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Whether it be the process of providing the services through collaborating with other experts, integrating design aspects to support a common goal/outcome and achieving an outcome that is conducive to connecting people, interaction is critical for the how, what and why we do what we do.