In acoustically critical environments, acoustics drives the design.

The specific size, the shape of the walls, the materials, and the height of the ceiling are of utmost importance. In other spaces, acoustics is the servant of other design considerations, so that its function is to support the architectural and functional intent of the space. Acoustics plays different roles in the design of buildings, and it is important to understand how to integrate the acoustical design into the overall design of the space.