Raf Orlowski collecting the Institute of Acoustics RWB Stephens Medal. Image courtesy of IOA
Awarded every other year, the RWB Stephens medal is named after Dr Ray Stephens, the first President of the IOA. With his main interests in physical acoustics and remembered by generations of students for his continuing work in education, this award recognises contribution to learning. Awarding the medal to Raf was professor Barry Gibbs, President of the IOA, he commented: “The award of the 2019 RWB Stephens Medal to Raf Orlowski is particularly appropriate, because of his distinguished contribution to both research and education in auditorium acoustics. This being while he was in academia and then later in acoustics consultancy, and he continues to maintain strong links with both sectors.”
Raf has an international reputation as an acoustician. As a researcher at the universities of Cambridge and Salford, he gained extensive experience of architectural acoustics, building acoustics and noise control. Working as a consultant, his specialisations include the design of performance spaces, educational facilities and public buildings.
He has worked on the design of concert halls in London, Denmark, Melbourne and Krakow, and on music teaching facilities throughout the UK. He is a champion of sound quality in educational buildings and acts as an advisor to the UK's Department for Children, Schools & Families, contributing to the development of regulations and working with design teams and contractors on standards and compliance.
Raf's co-authored design standards and guidance documents for UK schools include Building Bulletin 93 – “Acoustic design of schools - performance standards” (both BB93:2003 & BB93:2015) and Building Bulletin 86 – “Music accommodation in secondary schools - a design guide” (BB86:1997). It is for his work helping to shape the acoustic design of schools within the UK that he has been awarded the RWB Stephens Medal by the Institute of Acoustics (IOA).
And finally, last week we also learned that five Ramboll projects have made this year’s shortlist at the coveted British Construction Industry Awards. Pioneering new methods and approaches coupled with telling the stories are so important to the development in our industry. We look forward to the award ceremony that takes place on 9th October.
Reopened in May 2018 by David Attenborough, Temperate House is a magnificent Victorian glasshouse in the heart of Kew Gardens. A five year restoration project has repaired and updated the building ready for today's visitors and tomorrow’s needs.
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