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Senior Consultant

Acoustics – Chicago, Illinois
Department Acoustics
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced


Acoustics, Noise/Vibration Control, Sound Isolation


Kirkegaard is seeking a consultant with senior-level experience in noise and vibration control,  substantial experience in sound isolation and architectural acoustics, and concept-level experience with AV systems design. The ideal candidate will have past experience and a strong desire to work in the performing arts; enthusiasm for working on a diversity of projects beyond the arts; the demonstrated capability to develop and maintain client relationships; and a commitment to being a collaborative, efficient and effective member both internally and externally.


This position will be located in our Chicago office. 


Acoustics Design responsibilities include:

  • Consulting for noise/vibration control, sound isolation and room acoustics projects

  • Supervising and coordinating the work of others and coordinating work with architects, engineers, theater consultants and other disciplines in the built environment

  • Representing the company at external meetings with clients and design team members

  • Analyzing data and working internally to help solve complex technical challenges and problems

  • Participating in industry events and conferences to contribute to the business and the technical field broadly

  • Providing technical guidance and mentoring to consultants, specialists and interns


Project Management responsibilities include:

  • Managing projects for efficient delivery of consulting services on time and within budget

  • Managing acoustics and AV systems design staff and subcontractors on multiple complex projects simultaneously

  • Working effectively with team members in other office locations for internal project coordination

  • Managing internal project milestones and tasks that move a project from an opportunity to its completion

  • Pursuing new projects, building client relationships and maintaining client confidence

  • Contributing technical information for business development efforts including proposals, qualifications submissions and project marketing materials


The ideal candidate will have

  • Seven to 10 years relevant experience in acoustics consulting in and beyond the arts 

  • Substantial experience in the measurement and analysis of complex noise and vibration projects

  • Experience with all phases of projects from programming 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

  • Substantial 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.

  • Substantial experience in business development from identifying opportunities to participating in interviews

  • Proficiency (or ability to readily learn) applications such as REVIT, AutoCAD, Rhino and EASE, CATT, or Odeon; experience with Matlab, Grasshopper and/or Audition desired

  • Experience as a musician, public speaker, or actor

  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture, architectural engineering, physics, a related engineering field or acoustics

  • Master’s degree in architecture, acoustics, physics or mechanical 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, 43-year old architectural acoustics and audio-video systems design firm, specializing in the performing arts, based in Chicago with offices in St. Louis, Houston and Boulder, Colorado. The firm has worked on over 3,000 projects in 24 countries since its founding in 1976. The current staff consists of 11 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.



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