Date of Submission

Spring 5-9-2022

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture

Department

Architecture

Primary Advisor

Selen Okcu

Secondary Advisor

Bronne Dytoc

Abstract

Background

As part of the sensory experience, acoustics serves an important role in facilitating the social functions of a space. The acoustic response of a space plays a part in determining its social atmosphere, as well as how it functions for certain occupancies (eg. clarity in a classroom, projection on a stage, fullness in an orchestra). The acoustics of a space is determined by the assembly and materials of its envelope, as well as the occupation within. Commonly, specific acoustic solutions like panels, foam, or sound batt insulation are used to manage or treat the acoustic qualities of a space.

Research Focus

How can we define a design process for the acoustic response of a space? How can we define an architectural design language to treat the acoustic response of a space? How can this design process/language make architectural acoustics a more accessible topic for architects who do not specialize in acoustics?

Research Methodology

Case studies of existing architectural spaces with acoustic solutions or non-solutions, experimental research creating physical spaces with acoustic responses.

Design Outcomes

A recording studio featuring sound labs with flexible acoustic wall assemblies and systems, and; a framework for evaluating the acoustic performance of a space given its dimensions, materials, and occupancy/furnishings, as well as specifying these characteristics to achieve a given acoustic response.

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