Mark asserts that cultivating strong working relationships leads to well-executed deliverables, lasting partnerships and ultimately, project success. His passion for acoustic excellence, paired with his outstanding leadership ability, propel design teams towards timely project completion.

With Jaffe Holden Since 1978 – In The Industry Since 1978

Mark is chairman and lead acoustic designer at Jaffe Holden. He has collaborated on designs for hundreds of diverse performance, academic and cultural spaces throughout the world. Mark thrives on the creative design processes that call on his unique skills as an engineer, physicist, communicator, and jazz musician to create superior aural environments. In 2016, Mark Holden released Acoustics of Multi-Use Performing Arts Centers, a guide to achieving outstanding acoustics in flexible spaces, published by Taylor & Francis Group.

Educated at Duke University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, Mark has participated in numerous design competitions and panels for industry associations. Mark is a member of the National Council of Acoustical Consultants and elected fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.


Highlights from his project work include the following:

  • Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Los Angeles, CA
  • American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
  • Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives, University of California- Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY Experience Music Museum, Seattle, WA
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
  • Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY
  • Museum of Westward Expansion, St. Louis, MO
  • NASCAR Museum and Hall of Fame, Charlotte, NC
  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, TX
  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC
  • California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  • Barnard College, The Diana Center, New York, NY
  • Brown University, Granoff Center for the Arts, Providence, RI
  • Duke University, West Union Renovation, Durham, NC
  • Duke University, Penn Pavilion, Durham, NC
  • Harvey Mudd College, Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning, Claremont, CA
  • Juilliard School, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY
  • Marist College, Multi-Purpose Academic Building and Student Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Yale University, Sterling Memorial Library, New Haven, CT