Patagon Acoustics provides consulting services in architectural acoustics and noise control.

We design houses of worship, recording and television studios, concert halls, office spaces and environments for higher education. We provide audiovisual design and noise and vibration control.

From the very moment of conception, sound events surround our daily lives. Whether listening to the subtleties of a Mahler symphony in a well-designed concert hall or assessing the sounds from our community that provide us with a sense of belonging, sound is a conveyor of emotion, pleasure and information. The spaces where sound is produced and communicated should enhance the quality of transmission of useful information to the listener, while filtering the detrimental sounds, thus maximizing aural gratification. Precise engineering and a comprehensive knowledge of acoustical phenomena is at the core of achieving this delicate balance. Understanding the client’s vision and expectations is the basis for specifying the project’s scope, thus intersecting budget and aspirations in a realistic manner. Patagon Acoustics’ expertise is solidly backed up by years of academic and research experience in this discipline’s most demanding institutions. Nevertheless, we do not conceive acoustical design as a mere scholarly practice. The quest for beauty, balance and harmony is always at the center of everything we do.

The quest for beauty, balance and harmony is always at the center of everything we do.

Fernando del Solar Dorrego

Principal of Patagon Acoustics

Fernando began his relationship with music and sound at an early age. Raised in a musically-minded family, he started taking piano lessons at his aunt’s conservatory at the age of 8. During his adolescence, he became interested in synthesizers and sound design and explored the music of Stravinsky and Pierre Boulez. Showing mathematical skills and a passion for physics in high school, he enrolled in Mechanical Engineering at the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology (ITBA), one of the leading colleges of engineering in Argentina. After graduation, he was accepted as a student at Penn State’s Graduate Program in Acoustics (USA), where he received a Master of Engineering in Acoustics degree in 2007, being the first of his class to graduate with a thesis on the topic of sound localization in enclosed spaces. Back in Argentina, he became a faculty member of the Electrical Engineering Department at ITBA, teaching electronics and leading the blossoming acoustics division in this educational institution for the period comprising 2007 to 2016. In 2017, he started his Ph.D. studies, once again at Penn State, under the advice of Dr. Michelle Vigeant, principal investigator of the Sound Perception & Room Acoustics Laboratory (SPRAL). His research focuses on finding just noticeable differences (JNDs) and optimal values for concert hall acoustic parameters, based on subjective preference.

Fernando is an assistant professor of acoustics at ITBA.

The experience of a lifetime

During the fall of 2017 and the winter of 2018, Fernando del Solar participated in concert hall-measurement trips, with other members of the Sound Perception & Room Acoustics Laboratory (SPRAL) from Penn State University. Using a novel measuring technique, which allows to capture the spatial sound field present in a concert hall seat, acoustic measurements were conducted in some of most prestigious halls of the US and Europe. Highlights included Boston Symphony Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Berlin’s Philharmonie.

Conveying sonic truth through science, art and engineering.

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