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Food for Thought Sponsored by Thorburn Associates Design for the Senses: Sight & Sound in Architecture

When: December 12, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Lunch begins at 11:30 am)
Where: Center for Architecture and Design
14 E Peace Street
Raleigh, North Carolina  27604
United States
Contact: Christine Stetkiewicz

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 Design for the Senses: Sight and Sound in Architecture

December 12 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Lunch begins at 11:30 am) | 1 HSW 

Center for Architecture and Design | 14 E. Peace Street | Raleigh

AIA members/AIA Triangle Sponsors: $0 | Non-Members: $25


Architectural design requires thought that is not just about the visual form of a space, but also the way that people react to and interact with it.  Acoustics is one of the primary space considerations that causes reactions by the people within it – is the restaurant too loud?  Can I hear the presenter in the lecture hall?  Is the building lobby so reflective that I hear every conversation?  Additionally, technology is the principal method of human interaction within a space – Does the lobby’s visual element draw my attention?  Is the presenter getting their information and ideas to the audience?  Does the background audio in the restaurant help to augment the intended feel, or is it simply too loud? Proper design of both elements is critical, and when leveraged together they can create an interactive space that is effective and interesting, while being pleasant to the senses.  This class will present the basics of both the acoustical and AV design process, and synergy between them.  Case studies will further illustrate just how this marriage between two disciplines can result in award-winning spaces.




1.  Participants will determine how acoustical design will impact the user experience

2.  Determine how audiovisual design will impact the user experience

3.  Be able to integrate acoustical and audiovisuals to enhance architecture design and space utilization

4.  Learn and be able to apply the best practices for audiovisual and acoustic design of a space




Philip Zumbrun


Mr. Zumbrun combined his love of math, science and music while studying acoustical engineering at Purdue University.


He went on to become head audio engineer at the Sonic Iguana Studios in Lafayette, IN where he worked with clients from around the world, including Spain, Italy, Australia, Canada and the Cayman Islands.


He is an EIT, and at Thorburn Associates he practices acoustical consulting in the following areas:

- Architectural Room Acoustics

- Mechanical Noise and Vibration Control

- Sound Isolation

- Environmental Noise Control


He is active in projects that require both acoustical engineering and technology system design services. His projects have included, healthcare, corporate meeting venues, libraries, government and education facilities, worship spaces and recording facilities.

Jeff "Mac" McNaughton


Mr. McNaughton is a designer and integrator of world class audio, video and control systems for enterprise, educational, entertainment, military, banking, and medical environments with over 20 years of experience.  He has designed systems for critical federal and local government facilities, hospitals and simulation laboratories for clients in the USA and abroad.


He is active in projects that require coordination with other design disciplines and contractors, monitoring project schedules, budgeting and scope changes related to these designs. He is also an expert in audio visual information systems design. 


Prior to joining Thorburn Associates, he was an AV Technical Manager for Universal Studios Creative. His responsibilities included managing show/ride audio visual effects design and show systems integration for Universal Studios Parks and Resorts International.

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