Date of Award
Master of Architecture
James F. Williamson
This thesis will explore the way architectural acoustic designs can encourage congregational participation and singing, to touch people emotionally and spiritually, and inspire community, to better enhance the worship experience. Human interactions, behaviors, and emotional responses are influenced by sound and the acoustics of a space, but too often architecture ignores and disregards the acoustical aspects of design. Architecture must be designed to respond to acoustics, to create a more successful, holistic design, and an enriching experience for the users. Architectural acoustics play an especially essential role in sacred spaces; these spaces have unique acoustical challenges as both leaders and members of the congregation participate and sing. This participation is important to the worship experience because it brings people together, encourages them, makes them feel a part of something greater, and most importantly, glorifies God. Therefore, the space should encourage this participation and singing as well as possible.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Sinden-Redding, Emily, "The Power of Acoustical Architecture: Understanding How Acoustics Encourage the Participation of Communal Singing Through the Making of a Sacred Space" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1816.