NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Arup, the global design and consulting firm for the built environment, is pleased to announce the addition of Chris Pollock, PE, LEED AP to its New York office as Associate Principal. Pollock joins the firm's global team, bringing expertise in acoustics and technology design, as well as close working relationships with multi-national clients, helping them shape strategy and develop projects. His diverse skillset will support Arup's continued growth in acoustics, audio visual, and technology design work in the Americas.
"Chris is deeply knowledgeable about every aspect of acoustics and technology systems design," said Arup Principal and Global Team Leader for Acoustics, AV, Theater, and Technology, Raj Patel. "His inventive approach to developing simple, practical, and beautiful designs in a wide range of projects and sectors makes him a highly sought-after consultant. Coupled with the resources of Arup, Chris' wealth of experience and talent will allow him to develop areas of independent research, development, and innovation that will be beneficial to us at both a regional and global level." Prior to joining Arup, Pollock, who was recognized in Engineering News-Record's "20 Under 40" mid-Atlantic list, was a partner at the acoustical, audiovisual, and technology consulting firm Cerami and Associates, Inc. and an associate principal at Shen Milsom & Wilke, where he established the acoustic and audiovisual design team for the Washington DC office. Working on projects such as the National Public Radio Headquarters, Warner Music Group Headquarters, and the Chesapeake Shakespeare Theatre relocation, where his team worked to bring an acoustical intimacy to the new performance space situated in a lofty, historical building, Pollock's work emphasizes the potential of careful acoustic design. His current interests address the design of acoustic environments with regard to user experience. "Hearing is such a powerful human sense," said Pollock. "The ability to use acoustics and audio to shape how people feel about and respond to a space is a great opportunity—whether it's in a music or performance space, hospital patient room, spa or relaxation space, or even the home or workplace. Regarding the latter: A few years ago, most of the design discussion was around a top-down desire to enable productivity in the office. Now there is a shift to design that is focused on the needs of the individual to maximize potential. This move toward a more human-centered design approach offers unique opportunities for exploring the intersection of the acoustic environment, technology, ergonomics, and space."