An encyclopedic compendium for designers of the built environment, Architectural Acoustics takes readers first through a series of essays on topics ranging from how evolution shaped our relationship to sound, to the future of acoustics in a world of immersive audiovisual environments. The author’s most important message is simple: good acoustics design is an invisible art, which makes the discipline easy to ignore during the design process. But designers do so at their own peril, because once a project is complete, its essential acoustic properties, good or bad, are mostly built in.
The remainder of Architectural Acoustics is arranged in 24 chapters, each dedicated to a building type (e.g. stadiums, healthcare, offices, educational spaces, rail, aviation, concert halls, museums), offering a broad overview of the history, attributes and acoustical challenges of each, and using modern and historic examples of good design. Technical details are infused with Patel’s blend of practical know-how, technical acumen, and enthusiasm for the subject.
When RIBA asked architects to name the expert best suited to write an engaging, common-sense alternative to the dense acoustics textbooks on the market, Raj Patel was an obvious choice. Patel, a Principal at Arup, has spent three decades developing integrated acoustics and audiovisual solutions for a wide array of iconic projects including New York’s Barclays Center, National Sawdust, and 2nd Avenue Subway; to the San Francisco MOMA, Seattle Central Library, and Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center on the west coast; and the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University in Ontario. Along the way, he has earned a reputation for both creative innovation and technical mastery and helped to pioneer Arup’s SoundLab, a groundbreaking tool for creating accurate audio renderings of 3D space.
Arup is a global leader in acoustics consulting with eleven offices in North America offering a range of architectural, building, transport and environmental acoustics services, integrated with audiovisual, technology, experience design, and venue consulting. Arup’s specialists combine technical excellence with design expertise and cutting-edge tools to craft and enhance lived sensory experiences.