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Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics
of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA)



137th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America

March 15,1999
Berlin, Germany
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Chair: Ron Freiheit
Secretary: Tony Hoover


  • Thanks to:
  • Paper sorters: Angelo Campanella Dick Campbell
  • Session chairs and all paper presenters


  • Dan Martin passed away. His obituary will appear in JASA. A tribute session will be held at the upcoming ASA meeting in Columbus.
  • Alan Pierce is the new JASA editor.
  • Student Awards: Bob Coffeen reported there were 21 entries from 5 schools, with a $1,000 first award and four $500 awards.
  • ASA is looking for a treasurer. Paul Ostergaard is serving temporarily as ASA Treasurer.


  • Motion to approve by Neil Shaw, seconded by Dick Campbell. Approved by general consensus.


  • Classroom Acoustics: Report from Lou Sutherland.
  • There are no automatic links to the TCAA list server, but work is continuing.
  • The Access Board has approved $10,000 for development of a standard.
  • There may be another workshop in Washington DC in May.
  • A/V equipment remains an appropriate subject for discussion at technical meetings. Unanimous vote against charging presenters and against increasing registration fees for A/V equipment usage.
  • ASA socials: The local organizer should decide whether there should be one or two socials, with budget as a primary consideration.
  • Financial report: None available at this meeting.
  • Web page: General agreement that TCAA needs to generate a web page. Neil Shaw may be able to find a webpage designer.
  • Themed entertainment: A two-day workshop will be held in San Luis, Obispo on April 23 Anyone interested in participating should contact Dana Hougland.


  • Columbus meeting (November 1Ð 5, 1999)
  • Archeological acoustics session. Dave Lubman summarized several papers.
  • TPOM will be June 18 19 in Columbus. Angelo Campanella volunteered.
  • Tribute session for Daniel Martin
  • Co-hosted with Musical Acoustics.
  • Doug Keefe and Bill Cavanaugh volunteered to chair.
  • Special session on classroom acoustics will be dedicated to Buzz Towne. Bill Cavanaugh and Angelo Campanella volunteered to chair.
  • A Distinguished Lecture by Malcolm Crocker has been approved by the Executive Council.
  • NCAC will not meet in Columbus, but will sponsor a reception.
  • Other possible sessions for Columbus:
  • Virtual orchestras, or addition of electric instruments to orchestras. Dick Campbell and Tony Hoover volunteered to chair.
  • Noise impact, legislation, and monitoring systems for entertainment venues session should be delayed to a joint meeting with INCE.
  • Acoustic design for historic preservation. Scott Pfeiffer volunteered to chair.
  • Deadline for Columbus papers is May 24, 1999.
  • The Vern Knudsen Lecture will be given by Larry Kirkegaard.
  • Atlanta (May 30 ÐJune 3, 2000)
  • Electronic reverberation/enhancement. Scott Pfeiffer volunteered to chair.
  • Poster session on Learning Spaces:
  • Help is needed. Contact Brandon Tinianow (303/978-3767).
  • Session is co-sponsored by the Committee on Noise.
  • Poster session:
  • A social will be held. Invite/inform architectural schools. Note that Yves Berthelot is active at Georgia Tech.
  • Posters from this session will be collected into a book, as in past sessions.
  • The Books Committee has approved this book.
  • Methods for electronic submission are to be discussed in Atlanta.
  • Stadium acoustics. Jack Randorff volunteered to chair.
  • Possible student competition on loudspeaker design was described by Neil Shaw.
  • ASA meetings in Newport Beach (December 3-8, 2000) and Chicago (June 4-8, 2000) are upcoming.


  • 1998
  • Classroom acoustics:
  • Presentation materials. $3,000 has been approved. Bob Coffeen reported that this $3,000 was not used in 1998, and was rolled over to 1999. Four students are developing presentation materials.
  • East Coast Workgroup. John Erdreich reported that this was held two weeks ago with 50 attendees (most of whom were acousticians, with only 4 architects and several audiologists).
  • Concert Hall Research Group. Dick Campbell reported that data is being compiled.
  • TCAA website. $300 has been carried over to 1999. Les Blomberg and Angelo Campanella will develop the site together.
  • 1999
  • Summer Institute. Leo Beranek reported that planning is underway for last weekend in August 1999 at Tanglewood. Applications due by April 15,1999. Selections will be made by May 15,1999. $5,000 seed money has been approved.
  • TCAA website. $500 is preapproved for its development.
  • Classroom Acoustics:
  • Rich Peppin and Dave Fagen will spearhead development of a standardized data protocol.
  • $500 to collect data approved by unanimous vote in Norfolk. Data to include octave-band noise levels reverberation times.
  • Request for $750 for joint funding for the Tribute Session to Daniel Martin was motioned by Dick Campbell, and unanimously accepted.
  • Request for $750 for student design competition in 2000 was motioned by Bob Coffeen, and accepted with two opposed.
  • Request to reimburse Bob Coffeen $196 for student design competition expenses from Classroom Acoustics Workshop funds was unanimously approved.


  • Ken Roy reported that ASHRAE will soon publish their Systems Volume.
  • Immediately after this meeting, TCAA will meet with DEGA (German Acoustical Society) and EEA (European Acoustics Association).


  • Meeting adjourned.

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