Kurt Graffy

Global Audio Visual and Multimedia Leader

Your best solution to date?

The Tempe Center for the Arts in Arizona, USA, a multi-purpose arts facility.

Why is it significant?

We were able to establish a collaborative relationship with the architects early in the project, developing creative approaches to the acoustic challenges. The result was what the Arizona Republic called “A triumph in aural architecture … [where] both the acoustics and the architecture were raised to another level by encompassing the needs of the other.”

Your particular skill?

High performance acoustics and technical systems.

Enthusiasm?

Spaces for performance.

Why Arup?

Having access to the passion for creativity and the depth of skills of my colleagues as part of a daily working environment is incredibly stimulating, and something that is a unique element in the Arup culture.

Anything else?

Musician (bassist), theatre sound designer, instructor in audio and acoustics, Vice Chairman of the Audio Engineering Society technical committee on acoustics and sound reinforcement.