Alban Bassuet rejoins Arup to launch acoustics design practice in Boston

19 February 2020 2 min. read

Alban Bassuet has rejoined design and engineering consultancy Arup to lead a new acoustics, audio-visual and theatre consulting practice in the firm’s Boston office. He will work to expand Arup’s offerings in these disciplines to clients in arts and culture, as well as in education, aviation, and rail, among other sectors.

Bassuet is a renowned designer who has worked on projects which include the Greek National Opera House, the Institut Le Rosey symphony hall in Switzerland, and the Tippet Rise Arts Center in Montana. He has also collaborated with renowned composers such as Philip Glass.

He previously worked at Arup between 2000 and 2014, based out of the New York office. During his time with the firm, he helped create the company’s first SoundLab – an immersive audio environment for design that forms the cornerstone of Arup’s acoustics practice. He also performed design work on numerous projects, including the Art Institute of Chicago, JFK International Airport Terminal 4, and the New Concert Hall at Brown University.

Alban Bassuet, Associate Principal Boston Acoustics Lead - Arup

Bassuet left Arup to serve as director of the Tippet Rise Arts Center, an award-winning arts center in Stillwater County, Montana. After the project’s completion, he founded PresenceLab, a product design company specializing in turning found spaces and rural environments into pop-up performance spaces. Bassuet is also on the faculty of the Rhode Island School of Design's Interior Architecture program.

"I'm thrilled to be back at Arup, and this time in Boston – a dynamic city fueled by a growing appetite for transformative cultural experiences. Arup is well positioned to help drive innovation in the arts and other sectors, thanks to its breadth of resources and successful track record,” Bassuet said.

Arup has had a presence in Boston for more than 20 years, providing engineering, consulting, and planning for the built environment. In recent years its building engineering services have grown to include climate risk and resiliency, sustainability consulting, wellness consulting, and lighting design.

Headquartered in London, Arup has more than 15,000 global consultants and has completed projects in more than 140 countries.