Published Research

While working at the firm Perkins + Will Canada, one of our clients was transitioning over 1 million sqft of office space from the traditional enclosed office and cubicles to a new open office environment.  To mitigate the issue of noise disturbance and speech privacy, P+W’s strategy was to install a sound masking system in the ceilings.  The client understood that the system was installed and commissioned but still wanted to better understand its effectiveness to reassure its staff.  Ivan Desroches lead the research team to objectively demystify the resulting effects on site.


Ivan is passionate about architectural acoustic ever since he wrote his thesis on ‘Beautifying Spaces with the Use of Aural Architecture’.  As an architect with a good understanding of acoustic principles, he often get pulled into conversation on the topic.  One day, an otherwise simple noise barrier question came in and resulted in posting an short article called ‘When STC listings just won’t cut it’.


As our company grows, we anticipate creating a blog to share our insight and knowledge with the public. We hope this will raise awareness to the industry at large and help promote the value architects brings to the table.

Community Involvement

We respectfully acknowledge that we live and work on the un-ceded traditional Anishinabe Algonquin territory.  We peacefully coexist in this nation with the Anishinabe Algonquin people who through their culture enriches and continues to nurture this land.

We welcome the opportunity to get involved in the local community.  If you are part of or know an institution that is looking for volunteers with our skillset, please reach out to us to see if we can help.