Dr Neil McBride
BSc PhD CPhys MInstP MIOA
Room acoustics can affect the feel of the internal environment almost as much as the architecture, design and decoration. Done well, the acoustic treatment will complement the architectural design without detracting from the aesthetics of a space.
Acoustics isn’t just about ensuring noise levels meet mandatory targets. It’s about providing design advice to ensure a building has a comfortable acoustic character.
My approach is to make a usable and comfortable space, whatever the inherent constraints. This means understanding the client’s and architect’s aspirations, considering potential issues, and even using auralisation technology to let people hear what the space will actually sound like.
In projects, there's often a choice to be made about when to start discussions on acoustics. I believe that thinking about this at an early stage of the design process means we can beautifully integrate our solution with the architecture.