Ethan Bourdeau is an acoustician, standards writer, researcher, field recordist,
and musician. By day, he is the Sound Concept Lead at the International WELL
Building Institute (IWBI), the Executive Director of Standards and Built
Environment for Quiet Parks International (QPI), and the youngest Director on
the board of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE). Also by day, he
operates Bourdeau Acoustical Design, an architectural acoustics and noise
control design firm that provides engineering and planning services for listening
rooms, public art installations, private residential, restaurant, retail, education,
and commercial projects internationally.
Over the past decade, Ethan has lectured in acoustics to graduate programs at
Yale, UPenn, the University of Galway, and the American University of Armenia.
He has represented the US on a handful of ISO Technical Committee 43
acoustics/noise control standard working groups. He routinely advises standards
development groups and is most active in field testing standards for building
acoustics with ASTM E33. As a trusted expert in acoustics, he routinely provides
advisory-level insights to organizations such as the Institute of Noise Control
Engineering, Acoustical Society of America, Delos Living, Well Living Lab, and
Enterprise Green Communities. Recognizing that noise is a global public health
concern, Ethan is determined to craft accessible pathways for projects seeking
to achieve and benefit from long-term high-performance acoustical design and
memorable sonic experiences.
As a musician, Ethan has explored sound and timbre through a variety of studio-
based sound designs, spatial audio installations, and more traditionally as a low brass soloist. He is the principal euphoniumist for the Brooklyn Wind Symphony
where he has performed at venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and
most recently on the Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall.