Intro to Architectural Acoustics

                      October Meeting Notice

Introduction to Architectural Acoustics

Presented by Dr Rodney Staples

The next Meeting of the Melbourne Section of the AES will be held on Monday October 8th 2012 at 7:30pm at Swinburne University Lecture Theatre EN102 (directions below), and will be an introductory acoustics topic.

Are you among those of us who think that architectural acoustics is the magic of wizards? On the other hand, are you of a mind to think that the science of architectural acoustics is an engineering “tour-de-force”?

In fact, architectural acoustics is a well-developed scientific, architectural and engineering discipline, tempered by a grand dash of subjective moderation.

This presentation is an attempt to demystify the principles of architectural acoustics, and to introduce some of the key issues and design elements in a descriptive way. The presentation considerers:

  • how the shape of a space influences the acoustical quality of the space;
  • how reflections from surfaces modify the characteristics;
  • how surface treatments and specialist constructions further adjust the quality of sound; and
  • how these disparate elements might be brought together in a small space (a recording studio, for example) or a large space (like a concert hall or theatre).

If, until now, architectural acoustics has been a mystery and the stuff of magicians, then this is the presentation for you. You should leave this presentation with the sense: “So that’s how it works!”

The next few meetings will be on acoustics topics, and this presentation will provide a sound basis for better appreciating studio designer Peter Brown’s “Acoustic Design and Studio Spaces” topic scheduled for a November meeting, and Peter Exton’s (Marshall Day Acoustics) “Hamer Hall Acoustic Renovation” topic scheduled for early next year.

Monday 8h October 2012 at 7:30pm
Lecture Theatre EN102
left as you enter)
Ground Floor
Engineering Building
Swinburne University of Technology
John St

Guests and visitors are welcome.

If you are not familiar with the Swinburne Hawthorn campus information and a campus map can be found at

I hope to see you there.