Novel discoveries, non-obvious findings, and counter-intuitive conclusions are excerpted and highlighted from the just-released book Architectural Acoustics Illustrated (authored by the presenter, Wiley, 2015). The text filters the content of architectural acoustics through the graphic and built language of architecture. Building material choices, spatial relationships, best-practices, and data were explored through drawing and animated videos. Summaries of the findings will be demonstrated graphically to establish relationships in sound absorption, room acoustics, sound isolation, and noise control.
Michael Ermann is an associate professor at Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design, where he teaches design studio, environmental building systems, and both teaches and researches architectural acoustics. Professor Ermann has authored or co-authored eight journal papers in the field of acoustics, and presented more than 25 papers in that field. He wrote the book Architectural Acoustics Illustrated (Wiley, 2015), which translates the field of acoustics into the graphic language of architecture. For this effort he earned this year’s Virginia Tech School of Architecture Research Excellence Award and the Virginia Society American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Prize for Design Research and Scholarship. In past years, Michael’s also won other design, teaching, research, and service awards for his work from the school, college, and AIA. Before joining the faculty at Virginia Tech 15 years ago, Michael was an acoustical consultant in Florida and New York City. He holds degrees in math and architecture.