Classroom acoustics and architects

  • Terence Williams Terence Williams Architect Inc., 102-2957 Jutland Road, Victoria, BC V8T 5J9
Keywords: Amplification, Architectural design, Education, Reverberation, Speech intelligibility, Students, Wheelchairs, Absorptive surfaces, Classrooms, Lateral reflections, Room acoustics


The relationship between classroom acoustics and the architectural design is discussed. The classroom acoustic design include the issues of clarity, reverberance, envelopment, intimacy and loudness. Architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical needs must be met to satisfy current building codes to support life safety issues and indoor environmental considerations. In designing the classrooms the ambient noise level, shapes of the rooms, ceilings and walls should be taken into considerations.
How to Cite
Williams T. Classroom acoustics and architects. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2004Sep.1 [cited 2019Sep.21];32(3):32-3. Available from:
Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada