From the reviews I just bought a copy of your 2006 book, Architectural Acoustics.
I did not know about your extensive coverage of all aspects of the subject. It is a fantastic job. I have read only those chapters on subjects that I have studied or contributed to.
I found them to be well written, complete, and accurate.

Again, congratulations on an excellent piece of work.

Leo (Beranek)


ARCHITECTURAL ACOUSTICS, Second Edition, Elsevier Academic Press, 2014

  • Considered the most complete resource in the field – includes basic fundamental relations, derived from first principles, and examples needed to solve real engineering problems.
  • Provides a well-organized text for students first approaching the subject as well as a reliable reference for experienced practitioners looking to refresh their technical knowledge base.
  • New content for developing professionals includes case studies and coverage of specific focus areas such as audio visual design, theaters, and concert halls.

Architectural Acoustics, Second Edition presents a thorough technical overview of the discipline, from basic concepts to specific design advice. Beginning with a brief history, it reviews the fundamentals of acoustics, human perception and reaction to sound, acoustic noise measurements, noise metrics, and environmental noise characterization. In-depth treatment is given to the theoretical principles and practical applications of wave acoustics, sound transmission, vibration and vibration isolation, and noise transmission in floors and mechanical systems.

Chapters on specific design problems demonstrate how to apply the theory, including treatment of multi-family dwellings, office buildings, rooms for speech, rooms for music, multipurpose rooms, auditoriums, sanctuaries, studios, listening rooms, and the design of sound reinforcement systems. Detailed figures illustrate the practical applications of acoustic principles, showing how to implement design ideas in actual structures.

This compendium of theoretical and practical design information brings the relevant concepts, equations, techniques, and specific design problems together in one place, including both fundamentals and more advanced material. Practicing engineers will find it an invaluable reference for their daily work, while advanced students will appreciate its rigorous treatment of the basic building blocks of acoustical theory.

Academic Reviews

"The strength of the book lies in the breadth of material that it covers, and it will work as a starting point for anyone interested in any of the many topics that the author presents.”--Journal of the Audio Engineering Society

"...provides a comprehensive overview to the many aspects of architectural acoustics, sound isolation, equipment noise control, and sound reinforcement systems, balancing both theoretical and practical considerations."--Noise Control Engineering Journal

"…a first-rate reference for consultants who practice architectural acoustics or for architects and engineers who are looking for a complete compilation on acoustical techniques."--International Journal of Acoustics and Vibration

Customer Reviews 


Order at