Acoustics Consultant



Kirkegaard Associates

Houston TX and Chicago IL

Kirkegaard Associates is seeking a consultant with experience in noise and vibration control, and  experience in sound isolation and architectural acoustics. The ideal candidate will have a willingness to work on a diversity of projects; an interest in developing and maintaining client relationships; and a commitment to being a collaborative, efficient and effective team member both internally and externally.

Positions are being considered in both our Houston and Chicago offices. Responsibilities include:

  • Acoustics design consulting and project management of noise/vibration control, sound isolation and room acoustics projects
  • Coordinating work with architects, engineers, theater consultants, contractors, and other building design/construction disciplines
  • Analyzing data and working internally to help solve complex technical challenges and problems
  • Managing small projects for efficient and effective delivery of consulting services within budget
  • Collaborating remotely with principals, consultants and specialists in other office locations
  • Contributing to proposal and qualifications submissions
  • Providing technical guidance and mentoring to specialists and interns
  • Participating in industry events and conferences to contribute to the business and the technical field broadly

The ideal candidate will have

  • Three to 6 years relevant experience in acoustics consulting
  • Experience in the measurement and analysis of complex noise and vibration projects
  • Experience with all phases of projects from schematic design through commissioning
  • High-level thinking and visualization skills with an orientation for design and creative problem solving
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present complex issues and problems with clarity
  • A flexible, collaborative approach to work, both within the firm and with members of design teams
  • Experience communicating with general contractors, sub-contractors (HVAC, Electrical, Drywall and Framing) and client project managers during construction administration process including field visits, submittal review and RFI responses.
  • Some exposure or desire for exposure in business development with preparation of proposals for small to medium-sized projects
  • Proficiency (or ability to readily learn) applications such as REVIT, AutoCAD, Rhino and EASE, CATT, or Odeon; experience with Matlab, Grasshopper, Max and/or Audition desired
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, architecture, physics, or a related field
  • Master’s degree in acoustics, architecture, physics, or engineering desired.

We offer a competitive salary with outstanding benefits that include health, dental, life, long term care insurance and more.

Our mission is to create acoustically wonderful spaces and AV systems for our clients and a supportive work environment for each other. Our vision is to add beauty to the world. If you share this vision, please apply here.

Kirkegaard Associates is a world-renowned, 44-year old architectural acoustics and audio-video systems design firm, specializing in the performing arts, based in Chicago with offices in St. Louis and Houston. The firm has worked on over 2,800 projects in 24 countries since its founding in 1976. The current staff consists of 13 inspired and experienced individuals with backgrounds in architecture, architectural engineering, physics, audio engineering, theater arts and technical design, information technology and performing arts production, who perform work in room acoustics; sound isolation; noise and vibration control of building services; and design and tuning of audio-video systems.

The firm’s expertise covers a wide spectrum: Performing Arts Centers; Schools of Music, Theater and Dance; Religious Buildings; Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities; Theatres, Concert Halls and Opera Houses; Educational Facilities; Business Facilities; Outdoor Music Venues; Museums and Libraries; Hotels and Conference Centers; and Recording and Broadcast Studios.

Intermediate/Senior Acoustical Consultant


Portland, OR

RWDI is seeking an individual to join our Acoustics, Noise and Vibration team in Portland as an Intermediate or Senior Acoustical Consultant.  The ideal candidate will have five to ten years of experience analyzing and resolving challenging client problems as an acoustician.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to extend RWDI’s existing acoustic practice to our local Portland office, supporting existing Acoustics projects in the area and business growth.  The focus of RWDI’s work in the region is primarily on building design.

The role includes but is not limited to:

  • Using established acoustical expertise and knowledge of local codes to guide acoustical projects and support business growth in the Pacific Northwest
  • Resolving challenging problems in consultation with local and international design‑oriented clients
  • Conducting field measurements and inspections
  • Collecting data, modeling, post-processing, analyzing, interpreting, and documenting results
  • Consulting with clients and communicating complex technical materials in straight-forward language
  • Working independently and collaborating within a team environment
  • Writing technical project reports that present the methodology, results and recommendations
  • Assisting with preparation of proposals, marketing materials and/or technical papers

We are accepting applications from candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in applicable engineering or science disciplines
  • Minimum five years of experience in an acoustical consulting environment, or equivalent, and as part of design teams
  • PE is desirable, but not required
  • Knowledge of physical acoustics and acoustical requirements for buildings (e.g., STC, NC ratings, speech intelligibility)
  • Ability to interpret architectural/mechanical/electrical drawings and specifications
  • Familiarity with acoustic instrumentation, data acquisition systems and digital signal processing
  • Appreciation of consulting business practices and work environment
  • Ability to deliver quality technical work with focus on project budgets and deliverable schedules
  • Ability to provide mentorship and technical guidance to more junior staff


The Acoustics, Noise and Vibration team is a close-knit, social team where people love what they do. Our team works together across multiple offices to share knowledge and experience and to help meet project, client, and company requirements. The successful applicant will demonstrate strong collaboration, people, and teamwork skills as well as the ability to prioritize and complete work independently.  Individuals within this high-performing team must manage their time carefully, and balance work for several ongoing projects simultaneously.  Problem solving, ability to learn independently, and initiative-taking are key qualities that will contribute to personal success for individuals within the team.

Please submit your cover letter and resume at the following link:

Salary: Competitive pay based on experience.

Thank you in advance for your application.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

RWDI endorses and practices the principles of equal opportunity employment.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion.

Accommodations are available during all stages of the recruitment process.

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