Date of Submission
Bachelor of Architecture
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.
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?
Case studies of existing architectural spaces with acoustic solutions or non-solutions, experimental research creating physical spaces with acoustic responses.
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.
richardson, daniel, "Airtime: Integrating Acoustics into the Design Process" (2022). Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year. 212.