Ian Hoffman Profile
M.Arch : University of Toronto, 2005
Graduate Coursework in Acoustics : The Pennsylvania State University
B.S.E : Acoustics & Music, University of Hartford, 1995
Ian Hoffman has spent his career in architectural and acoustic design committed to examining and understanding the curious interactions of sound and space, specifically as they affect the human experience. Educated in classical piano, engineering and architecture, Ian is uniquely qualified to address the complex sensitivities of architectural and acoustic design, bridging the technical and creative, calculated and perceived, aural and tectonic.
Professor Hoffman came to Judson from a professional career in both architecture and architectural acoustic design. Ian was a key member of acoustic design consulting firms in New York and Chicago and an integrated architectural design practice in Cleveland. He has been principally engaged in the design of performance and cultural arts spaces, of varying scales and programs on five continents. Notable examples include the Jay Pritzker Music Pavilion, Millennium Park Chicago, the Esplanade Concert Hall and Opera House in Singapore, and the Winspear Concert Hall in Edmonton, Alberta. While his specialty is primarily in performing arts design, his project design experience also includes libraries, museums, worship spaces, educational buildings, lecture halls and A/V presentation rooms.
Professor Hoffman has prior teaching experience as an adjunct instructor at Columbia College Chicago and has served as a guest critic at various institutions, including Kent State, Virginia Tech and the University of Toronto.
Design and research interests include the future of performing arts spaces, the role of acoustic design in sustainable buildings, urban soundscapes, three-dimensional digital fabrication, building tectonics as form, material explorations, and the intersection of visual and aural space.
Professor Hoffman was the primary editor of Halls for Music Performance: Another Two Decades of Experience, 1982-2002, a recent 320-page reference, published by the ASA, documenting the design of music halls worldwide, over the past twenty years. In 2006, Ian was invited to chair the Spaces for Performance session for the inaugural Architecture|Music|Acoustics international cross-disciplinary conference in Toronto.
Expertise / Involvements
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
American Institute of Architects
Acoustical Society of America – Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics
United States Institute for Theatre Technology
Society of Building Science Educators
American & International Solar Energy Societies
League of American Orchestras