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Dave Conant is a generalist in architectural acoustics, whose broad educational background and professional experience contributes to an especially unique perspective, blending science and architectural design. He has over forty years of consulting experience with room acoustics and noise & vibration control, in all building types, at all levels of sophistication. As Senior Consultant for 10 years with Bolt Beranek Newman Inc, and as co-founder of MCB (now MCH) in 1987, Dave has directed nearly 1,400 projects across the country, and internationally. His broad experience includes performing arts centers, educational facilities, corporate and conference facilities, museums, libraries and government buildings. He also maintains an enviable reputation in media production and postproduction facilities.


B. Architecture, M. Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1975
M.A. Geophysics, Columbia University, 1972
B.S. Physics, Union College, 1968
NSF Summer Seismic Institute, Stanford University, 1977

Societies and Honors:
Acoustical Society of America, Fellow 
Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics, Member 
National Council of Acoustical Consultants, Past Vice President, Finance 
Sigma Xi Honorary Scientific Research Society, Member 

Laymon N. Miller Award for Excellence in Acoustical Consulting (2021)


Tony Hoover offers forty years of acoustical consulting experience, serving as principal consultant on over 2,000 projects involving all building types and all areas of architectural acoustics. He has served as expert witness from Federal District Court to US Congressional Hearing. He concurrently held faculty positions at Berklee College of Music and the Boston Architectural Center, and has lectured at Harvard, MIT, Wentworth, Northeastern, Emerson, and SCI-Arc, and for AIA, ASHRAE, AES, USITT, and others. Tony has served in many leadership positions, chaired numerous technical sessions on architectural and musical acoustics, written and/or contributed to several textbooks, and received numerous design awards for architectural acoustics.  He was honored with the 2019 Laymon N. Miller Award for Excellence in Acoustical Consulting, conferred annually/jointly by the National Council of Acoustical Consultants and the Institute of Noise Control Engineering.


M.S. Acoustics, Pennsylvania State University, 1981
B.A. American Studies, University of Notre Dame, 1976

Societies and Honors:

National Council of Acoustical Consultants, President (2002-2004) and Board of Directors (1992-present)

Laymon N. Miller Award for Excellence in Acoustical Consulting (2019)
Acoustical Society of America, Fellow (elected 2003)
Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics, Chair (2001-2004)
College of Fellows, Chair (2009-present)
Institute of Noise Control Engineering, Board Certified Member (1985-present)
Audio Engineering Society, Member (1981-present) 
American Federation of Teachers, Member (1987-2007)


RONALD L. MCKAY: (1932-2011)

Education and Service:

M. Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1958 

B. Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1954 

Fulbright Scholar in Architectural Acoustics, Göttingen University, Germany, 1955

Corps of Engineers Officer, United States Army, 1956-1957


Societies and Honors:

Acoustical Society of America, Fellow

Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics, Three-Term Secretary

Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement, American Institute of Architects, 1999

Various Merit and Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology and Preservation Foundations 

Ron McKay provided nearly fifty years of consulting experience covering the entire field of architectural acoustics and noise control, and was responsible for 1,000 acoustics projects, from Chicago’s 100-story John Hancock Center to the highly-regarded Ambassador Auditorium and Royce Hall auditoria in Los Angeles. He was renowned for his work in performance, rehearsal, recording, and teaching facilities for music and drama, and was awarded the AIA’s coveted Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement. He taught architectural acoustics at several universities, created a television series and textbook on advanced architectural acoustics, and was a popular lecturer at scientific and engineering societies and institutions. MCH continues to build on the experience and insight that Ron shared so willingly and ably, and will dearly miss this paragon of leadership and professional discipline.

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