Meet the experts

We are the experts who want to share articles, research and case studies concerning room acoustic design, communication and health issues in the indoor acoustic environment, that can be valuable for you as an architect, facility manager and others with an interest in room acoustics and how it impacts people using the spaces.

We want to exchange knowledge and be an inspiration to support the creation of an acoustic environment that optimises the outcomes of people’s activities in working, learning and healing environments.

Achim Klein

Music, sound and noise have always fascinated me. My journey into the world of acoustics began with my studies in the early 2000s which guided me through various countries, among others the UK, France and Germany.

Alexey Archakov

Even though my academic background as a radio engineer revolves around wave physics, I never thought I would work with sound waves travelling in public spaces. But as I got acquainted with room acoustics, realization came of how important it is to people and how little the market knows about sound.

Andrea Harman

Prior to my work at Ecophon I had not really considered acoustics as a conscious part of room design. I knew that places appeared noisy or quiet and that some spaces were easier for my hearing impaired father to communicate in than others.

Anne Pollet

As an engineer in industrial risks, I wanted to give more importance to human in my job. In my previous experiences, I especially appreciated reducing human risks. Today at Ecophon, my mission is going on specifically on how to reduce acoustic discomfort.

Arto Rauta

My job, to put it shortly, is to improve the sound environment for office workers. At the moment the tendency is towards smaller spaces per office worker, which is also more cost effective for employers. But as a consequence, people have become more concerned about their new working environment.

Bianca Scherpenhuyzen

At the age of 26 I experienced real silence for the first time. I lived on an island and a hurricane was expected. When we had made all the preparations I was sitting outside waiting and suddenly everything went quiet. No animal noises, no rustling of the leaves, no wind, absolute silence.

Cees van Wezel

Starting out as a student I chose to study psychology to learn what makes us tick. During my career I started looking for a way to apply psychology to create a more sustainable living environment. I ended up studying Environmental Psychology because I want to improve healthcare facilities in the long run.

Claudia Pigoretti

I'm one of those people who likes to interact with the other. To hear it. To exchange experiences, to listen to opinions. I like people! Starting from this premise, I realize that hearing is the direction I use the most.

Douglas MacCutcheon

A lifetime fascination with sound brought me to Ecophon. Beginning with a long period of formal musical training in piano and violin and working later in school and tertiary education as a researcher and teacher, I became interested in how learners hear and process sounds.

Halvor Berg

Since I was six years old, I have had a huge interest in sound. I started playing the guitar and singing at the age of six. I have listened to music, recorded songs, played concerts and there is no feeling like being there – being the music – being sound.

Harshal Kolwankar

I call myself blessed to be part of Ecophon, where I can bring about a change in the way education is imparted and received in India. But there are scores of students all over the world who suffer due to poor acoustic conditions in schools.

Holger Brokmann

Being able to work in the field of applied science, I was able to experience the great impact of room acoustics and the various ways of acoustical treatments. This helps me understand the personal acoustical needs and enables me to develop the right concept based on scientific evidence.

Ida Cederlund

When we think about senses, our thoughts usually go first to the sense of taste, where my focus has been until today. When I stepped into Ecophon for the first time, I also "opened my ears". I began to react both to how I perceived what I wanted to hear, but above all to what I no longer heard.

Iveta Kralova

I joined Ecophon in 2006 and since then room acoustics has been an integral part of my life. I have been working in several positions and I have to say that each of them brought me new experiences and knowledge in acoustics. Now I have the opportunity to investigate how acoustic environments influence people's health, behavior and work performance.

Juan Negreira

My parents, not long ago, informed me that both them and me started experiencing the power of sound in the very early stages of my life. Whom before-sound was an untameable, hyperactive little boy, turned into a much mellower kid after music and violin came into my life, aged 8.

Jyrki Kilpikari

My career as an advocate of good acoustics began 30 years ago. Nowadays, I work as a concept developer for healthcare facilities. My job title might be somewhat unusual, but simply put, my role involves promoting good acoustic environments that give staff and customers the best possible conditions for work and recovery.

Lauren Kruger

In my current role as an advocate for sound in the South African built environment for Ecophon Saint-Gobain, I research the changing world of work; factors which influence productivity and wellbeing in the workplace with a focus on sound, psychoacoustics and user choice.

Magda Szubert

I have a dream that people who create indoor environments of dwellings, schools and offices – places where we spent most of our time - have in mind that they design these buildings also for people. I wish they would create them as if they were to be occupied by themselves.

Mai-Britt Beldam

Room acoustics have been a big part of my life and working first with room acoustics in education facilities in Denmark and now healthcare facilities globally has taught me one important thing: We are not there yet.

Manit Ramaiya

I very well knew and understood quite early in the stages of my life, that the acoustic quality around us is an important element. Working in Mumbai, I never had to think deeply about how important sound, room acoustics and peace of mind are in general, as these were our daily battles indeed.

Maria Quinn

My journey into the acoustic world began late in life! Sound was nothing I thought about, even though I worked as a nurse at a Heart Intensive Department, where it is constantly noisy and one always have to be on the alert.

Mikolaj Jarosz

I remember my first day in primary school. A few faded images and two fresh non-visual impressions: a pleasant turpentine smell of floor polish and overwhelming noise. Noise so intensive that it was a shock even for an experienced pre-school veteran.

Morten Roar Berg

My business is to make stuff sound great, and it is my ambition to help tune the world as it is my understanding that sound and acoustics in the human habitat of the modern world is severely underappreciated.

Paige Hodsman

I regularly engage with high-profile organisations to help them develop in-house acoustic guidelines, strategies and practical office acoustic solutions. I use psychoacoustic tools to help organisations plan for robust acoustic solutions in the early phases of a project.

Pauli Pallaskorpi

I'm still enjoying the feeling that I'm doing an important work; nowadays “teaching” adults and helping them to design better indoor environments in terms of good sound.

Peter Petrasko

I love meeting people, making new contacts and making new friends. I also love to help people if I can, and working in my present Ecophon role gives me a great opportunity to do this.

Rainer Machner

The reason to decide about my study of hearing technology and audiology was to learn something which is effecting me personally on a daily base and to change something for others.

Sebastian Kraync

After engineering school, I started working in the acoustics department in engine development at BMW. There, among the acoustic cameras, laser vibrometers and noise sensors, I found my passion for acoustics.

Shane Cryer

I love buildings, especially historic buildings. I studied civil engineering and architecture at college, and building and property surveying at university. However, it wasn’t until I joined Ecophon that I was educated on the impact that design has on sound and our ability to learn.

Sylvain Coudret

After graduating as a Civil Engineer, I started my career at Saint-Gobain as Product Development Engineer, in the field of acoustic correction. Developing innovative solutions to meet the latest market requirements has allowed me to impact the well-being of our customers.

Volker von Baczko

As an interior designer, room acoustics is a matter of the heart for me. It is an opportunity to promote well-being and health. With early planning, aesthetics and acoustics can be combined.