Applied Acoustics

Sophie Luger
Architecture, Architectural Design 3
2021W, scientific seminar (SEW), 3.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03943


The course is designed for students with an interest in the acoustic impact and auditory perception of the built environment.

It provides knowledge on sound generation and sound propagation fundamentals and enables one to assess the auditory effect of architecture already at a preliminary design phase.  Additional topics include the influence of sound on humans as well as potential noise reduction strategies, with a focus on acoustic materials (sound absorption properties and relevant parameters) and their application.

The goal is to get to know the possibilities and challenges that are created by sound in our immediate surroundings and how to influence its acoustic properties within an early stage of design.

Examination Modalities

attendance and oral examination


The course will be held in English

Key Words

soundscapes, applied acoustics, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic measurements (sound velocity, sound pressure, sound power, frequency), noise reduction strategies, spectral analysis


22 October 2021, 09:00–09:45 Seminar Room 2
29 October 2021, 09:00–09:45 Seminar Room 2
12 November 2021, 09:00–09:45 Seminar Room 2
19 November 2021, 08:30–09:30 Wiener Musikverein, Musikvereinsplatz 1, 1010 Wien (left of main entrance)
26 November 2021, 09:00–09:45 Zoom
10 December 2021, 14:00–16:00 Zoom , "" (guest lecture: Arthur van der Harten)
17 December 2021, 09:00–09:45 Seminar Room 2 , "Presentations Part 1 and debriefing of guest lecture"
14 January 2022, 14:00–15:00 Zoom , "Q and A with Arthur van der Harten"
28 January 2022, 14:00–18:00 Zoom , "Presentations Part 2 with Arthur van der Harten"

Course Enrolment

From 26 July 2021, 09:00 to 22 October 2021, 23:59
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Architecture (Master): Expertise: Architectural Science: Supplementary Subjects

Individual courses: possible