Benjamin Markham

Benjamin Markham brings his passion for acoustics to his role as principal consultant and director of Acentech's architectural acoustics group. His projects involve architectural acoustics, mechanical systems' noise and vibration control, and environmental acoustics consulting for performance spaces and other commercial, residential, and civic facilities, and he has an avid interest in acoustical models and 3D listening (computer simulations of acoustic environments). He has consulted on projects related to room acoustics, sound isolation, auditorium and concert hall acoustics, music rehearsal spaces, acoustics of worship spaces, classroom and lecture hall acoustics, environmental noise control, condominium sound isolation, and other aspects of acoustical design.

A LEED accredited professional, Markham is a member of the Acoustical Society of America and was awarded the Robert B. Newman Medal for Architectural Acoustics in 2002. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Cornell's Department of Architecture, Markham is a visiting lecturer at Harvard GSD and at the School of Architecture at MIT.

Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 5616 Environmental Systems II - Building DynamicsThis course examines the design and analysis of the building envelope, with a focus on the material and energetic transformations taking place at the boundary between architecture and environment. Topics include: comfort, building thermodynamics, envelope assemblies, thermal modeling, active and passive control systems, daylighting and architectural acoustics.