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Jonah Sacks


Studio A Performing Arts Market Leader
Principal Consultant

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“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 to his acoustical consulting role and leadership of Studio A, Acentech’s Performing Arts practice. He is responsible for client management, programming, design strategy, and quality assurance of the broad range of architectural acoustics and mechanical systems noise control projects managed by Studio A. He collaborates with Acentech’s acoustic and AV consultants, and MEP discipline engineers to ensure best design practices are incorporated to meet performance expectations. Many of his acoustical designs involve various acoustical measurements, and the creation of auralizations and 3DListening computer models to evaluate acoustically critical spaces. His portfolio includes conservatories, academic institutions, K-12 schools, public gathering venues, laboratories, commercial offices, and residential developments.

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

  • Frequent Lecturer at the Acoustical Society of America, European Acoustics Association, The International Symposium on Room Acoustics, and Inter-Noise
  • Acoustical Society of America, Associate Member
  • Rhode Island School of Design, Adjunct Faculty, Architectural Acoustics
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Master of Science in Architectural Sciences
  • Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy