Live Course: Acoustic Design for Wellness in a Post-COVID World

Date: October 28, 12:00pm ET

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The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing architects to reconsider many different aspects of commercial design. And ceiling and wall acoustics are no exception. For example, what does sound control look like for buildings in a post-COVID world, where social distancing creates new needs and spaces with new acoustical challenges, and disinfecting procedures call for more hard surfaces? This session will begin by exploring the principles of listening. Building from there, it will examine how architects can consider better listening and enhance acoustics from the start of a project to ensure quieter indoor environments that reduce stress and increase productivity, as well as how acoustics and aesthetics can go hand in hand.

This free live course is brought to you through a partnership with Armstrong Ceiling Solutions. By registering for this course, you grant AIA permission to share your name and email address with Armstrong Ceiling Solutions.

Learning objectives

  • Understand factors impacting acoustics as a result of changes in material/layout criteria to address cleanability, de-densification, physical/social distancing in this post-COVID time and how the environments may be designed with well-being of people in those environments.

  • Understand the negative effects of noise and solutions to lessen it as they design projects with acoustics in mind from the start.

  • Know the four steps to well-designed sound and two things that work together to create balanced sound.

  • Be aware of solutions currently available to enable positive experiences for human health and comfort in the built environment:

    • Panels that offer both sound blocking and sound absorption to offset additional hard surfaces 

    • Understand new design options across material types to add sound absorption to your designs

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  • Julian Treasure

    Chairman | The Sound Academy

    Julian Treasure is a sound and communication expert, author, and international keynote speaker. His...

Course details

Contents: Live course, evaluation

Expiration: One year after purchase

Duration: 1:00

Passing Score: N/A