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Jonah Sacks

Principal Consultant

617 499 8079

What I’m Listening to Now

“Through music, and particularly music recording, I became interested in room acoustics and decided to go to graduate school for acoustics. As a musician, I care deeply about the intersection of music and acoustics. When I get the chance to connect with musicians and actors who enjoy and appreciate playing in rooms that sound really good, I get excited about the long and sometimes tangled paths that lead to really fine sounding rooms.”

A lifelong musician who has performed in many contexts as a cellist, guitarist, and bassist, Jonah Sacks brings his passion for music and room acoustics to his work consulting on a variety of architectural acoustics and mechanical systems noise control projects. Since 2012, he has led Studio A, Acentech’s performing arts consulting practice. His recent architectural acoustics projects include performing arts facilities at conservatories and other higher education institutions, public gathering spaces, lecture and other teaching spaces, K-12 schools, laboratories, office spaces, and residential developments. Jonah regularly performs a variety of acoustical measurements, and often creates auralizations and 3DListening computer models of acoustically critical spaces. He also has significant experience in community noise evaluation and prediction for new buildings.

Music and Passion

Retired colleague Rein Pirn is one of my major heroes because he brought his music and architecture background together to design some acoustically great rooms. Lately, I am playing more and more music, mainly cello, in more and more projects: with rockers, experimenters, folkies, traditionalists. My music and consulting work at Acentech feed each other. One pet peeve of note: improperly brewed coffee.

Accomplishments

  • Started at Acentech in 2004
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Master of Science in Architectural Sciences
  • Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
  • Teaches architectural acoustics at Rhode Island School of Design