Room Acoustic Design

Aural variables like reverberation time, sound reflection and loudness levels can greatly impact a space. In fact, poorly designed aural environments can create discomfort, diminish learning ability, and result in poor user experiences. We begin by evaluating the needs and function of a space, reviewing room volume and geometry, as well as the selection and placement of materials for walls, floors and ceilings. We then develop and analyze comprehensive models to determine the most appropriate configuration to address room requirements. This process allows us to deliver acoustic design recommendations that meet our exacting standards, control variables, and create the desired aural outcome in each space.

Room acoustic design involves the development of aural environments in order to meet the needs and functions of a space. Methods include achieving suitable reverberation time, enhancing desirable sound reflections and maintaining or controlling loudness levels throughout spaces. Design aspects range from room volume and geometry to the selection and placement of finish materials for walls, floors and ceilings.

Whether it is a performing arts center, museum, commercial space, house of worship, or academic learning environment, our firm’s work typically begins with the preparation of an acoustic design concept that evolves with input from the design team and our client. Our expertise continues through construction to the opening of the project, and often beyond, to ensure that the acoustic quality best fits the needs of the facility.

Jaffe Holden consults on concert enclosures for ensembles as well as adjustable acoustic systems so a space can be tuned for a range of programming including spoken word, rock ‘n roll and symphony orchestra. Jaffe Holden can also examine a space’s acoustics during a live rehearsal or performance to help address acoustic issues.

Architectural Scale Model The Broad Stage in Santa Monica

Jaffe Holden utilizes modern measurement equipment to perform acoustic surveys and analysis. Our in-house acoustic laboratory has a sound isolated semi-anechoic room in which we test acoustic devices, experiment with the latest materials, and create simulations and demonstrations to boost confidence in design decisions prior to construction. The collaborative manner of our process yields successful projects completed on time and within budget.