Architects and designers tend to be ocular, and focus, understandably, on form, light, colour and textures. Sound has none of these elements, yet plays a vital role in the successful function of nurseries, schools, colleges and universities. Inspired aesthetics can be let down by poor acoustics, or enhanced by a little attention to some basic principles.
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. I did know that I was sound sensitive, preferring to move out of a busy town to a quiet village in the countryside. I prefer birdsong, waves on the beach and a flowing river to road traffic noise. I also enjoy recreating the positive effect of the outside inside buildings, that would otherwise be noisy and uncomfortable.
I enjoy witnessing the positive effects that an optimal acoustic environment has on the well-being of teachers and students, especially children with special educational needs.
Good acoustics are so essential to the success of buildings that specific standards have been developed, and I enjoy writing and presenting on the subject. Even more, I enjoy witnessing the positive effects that an optimal acoustic environment has on the well-being of teachers and students, especially children with special educational needs.