Sound plays a fundamental role in how we experience and understand urban design and architecture, yet is often underappreciated in the design process. Over the course of their fifteen year collaboration, Snøhetta and Arup have developed an approach that carefully considers sound from the outset of a project. This workshop shall be split between their respective offices, presenting completed works implementing this process in practice, to meet their vision for the design experience. They will also present insights into how sound may influence future design, not only in how buildings are designed, but how they are used, and the works created within them.

Craig Dykers is one of the founding Partners of Snøhetta, an integrated architecture, landscape and interior design practice with offices in New York City and Oslo, Norway. He has worked on the design of several prominent cultural projects including the Alexandria Library in Egypt, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, the September 11th Memorial Museum Pavilion, and the Redesign of Times Square in New York City which is currently under construction.



Raj Patel is a Principal of Arup and Leader of Arup Acoustics and Theatre Consulting Americas. A leading international acoustic designer, he is responsible for a wide range of acoustic and technical design projects, in a wide range of building sectors, working with many of the world's highest profile architecture and design practices


Snøhetta values human interaction. All of the studio's work strives to enhance our sense of place, identity and relationship to others and the physical spaces we inhabit, whether natural or human-made. Art museums, reindeer observatories and dollhouses get the same care and attention to purpose. Trends are often blithely ignored and essence is hotly pursued.


For over 20 years, Snøhetta has designed some of the world's most notable public and cultural projects. Snøhetta kick-started its career in 1989 with the competition-winning entry for the new library of Alexandria, Egypt. This was later followed by the commission for the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo and the National September 11th Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center in New York City. Since its inception, the practice has maintained its original trans-disciplinary approach, integrating architectural, landscape and interior design in all of its projects.


Snøhetta is currently working on a number of civic and cultural projects internationally including the expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in California, the Annecy Congress Center in the French Alps, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Saudi Arabia, the Isabel Bader Center for the Performing Arts at Queens University

in Kingston, Ontario, and the Far Rockaway Public Library, the Westchester Branch Public Library and the redevelopment of Times Square all located in New York City.


Among its many recognitions, Snøhetta received the World Architecture Award for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the Aga Kahn Prize for Architecture for Alexandria Library. Since its completion in 2008, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet has also garnered the Mies van der Rohe - European Union Prize for Architecture and the EDRA (Environmental Design Research Association) Great Places Award, as well as the European Prize for Urban Public Space, The International Architecture Award and The Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2010.


Date: Tuesday 08 October 2013
Location:     SNØHETTA 25 Broadway, New York, NY
Time: 09.00 - 12.30
Lunch: 12.45

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