Dr. Terence Caulkins is an acoustics researcher, sound designer, and interactive technologist based in NYC. With a background in physics and music, Terence is uniquely positioned at the intersection of acoustics, art, science, and architectural design.
Currently an associate acoustic and audio visual consultant at Arup, Terence works with world-class architects to design concert halls, theaters, museums, and airports internationally. Within Arup, Terence provides key foresight in the ongoing development of the Arup SoundLab. He is actively involved in the design of Virtual Reality environments to support the multidisciplinary design process for the built environment.
Prior to his career as an acoustician in New York, Terence worked for five years at IRCAM in Paris, France as a researcher and sound designer, developing audio technologies and collaborating on orchestral works and sound art installations for museums. He completed his doctorate at IRCAM in 2007, focusing on the application of 3D audio to live concert situations.
Over the last ten years of his career, Terence has produced immersive sound installations shown at the Pompidou Center, PS1 MoMa, London V&A, Rubin Museum, and the Sydney Opera House, and collaborated on sound pieces with composers, architects, and sound artists including Lou Reed, Nick Cave, and Scott Walker. His sound design work featured most recently in the Fistful of Stars virtual reality film that premiered this year at SXSW.
Terence is a visiting lecturer at UPenn School of Design, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, and adjunct professor in Architectural Technology at NYC City College of Technology. He teaches workshops on immersive audio techniques for composers and designers internationally.