Robert Bradford Newman, a founding member of Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc., was a faculty member of the School of Architecture and Planning, MIT, and of the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University for thirty years. He was widely known as a teacher with extraordinary ability to communicate the essentials of architectural acoustics. More information on Newman’s contributions can be found in this bio from the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.
A committee of his friends has developed this program to honor outstanding students at schools of architecture and architectural engineering throughout the world. Students selected for the Newman Medals must have demonstrated excellence in this discipline and in the application of acoustical design principles in the course of their study.
The fund will annually provide individual medal awards at qualifying institutions. It will also strive to support the development of improved teaching methods which promote the study of architectural acoustics, a discipline to which Bob Newman dedicated his life.
The Robert Bradford Newman Fund currently sponsors three programs:
- Newman Medals for students
- Schultz Grants for educators
- Student Design Competitions, co-sponsored with the Acoustical Society of AmericaTechnical Committee on Architectural Acoustics and the National Council of Acoustical Consultants with generous financial support from the Wenger Foundation
Click here to download excerpts of the ASA Echoes Newsletter, discussing the Newman Fund’s 25th Anniversary Special Session, held at the ASA meeting in Seattle, May 2011.