Achieving Acoustic Zen in the Open Office

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Eric West, AIA, LEED AP and rYAN sKOUG, PE (OR)

Acoustics have always been a concern surrounding open office design. But as the science of sound (and sound transmission control) advances, designers and acoustical engineers find themselves with more tools at their disposal than ever before.  Join IA's Eric West, AIA, LEED AP, and Ryan Skoug, PE (OR), of ESI Engineering, Inc. as they look at how space planning, material selection, and sound masking can be used to overcome acoustic challenges. 

Eric West, AIA, LEED AP

As a Project Director at IA Interior Architects, Eric is involved with both design and project management for some of IA's most complex projects. Based out of IA's Minneapolis studio, he has a passion for leveraging design to build stronger communities. Currently, he serves as a lead mentor with the ACE Mentor Program and as Past President of AIA Minnesota. Eric holds a master's degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota. 


With over 12 years of experience in the field, Ryan has spent the last ten years as part of the ESI Engineering Inc. team, where he helps clients with advanced acoustic analysis and design. He holds a master's degree in architectural engineering from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and enjoys working closely with clients to craft design solutions that make great acoustical spaces possible.

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