BiographyMark Holden has explored acoustics within orchestra shells, orchestra pits, attics and audience chambers in multi-use performing arts centers around the globe. Many of Mark’s passions are complimented by his work as an acoustician, including classical and jazz music, the physics of wave energy, mathematics, and the design of highly complex buildings. His mission is to create aural environments that transport audience and performer to new aesthetic and spiritual levels.
Mark is chairman and lead acoustic designer at Jaffe Holden Acoustics, located in Norwalk, CT. He has collaborated on hundreds of diverse performance and exhibition space designs throughout the world. Mark thrives on the creative design processes that call on his unique skills as an engineer, physicist, communicator, and former jazz musician to create superior acoustic environments. In January of 2016, Mark Holden released Acoustics of Multi-Use Performing Arts Centers, a guide to achieving outstanding acoustics in flexible spaces, published by Taylor & Francis Group.
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Educated at Duke University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, Mark has authored numerous papers and columns for major trade publications. He lectures at universities across the United States, including Harvard and the University of Miami. Mark is a member of the National Council of Acoustical Consultants and elected fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. He regularly presents at conferences for the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the American Institute of Architects.
Mark lives in Connecticut with his wife, Becky, an accomplished visual artist and educator, and two adult sons, John and Luke. When not traveling, he enjoys jogging, creating dishes in his carefully-designed kitchen, and tending to his extensive collection of perennial flower gardens.