Acoustics experts

Building with wood International Acoustics Experts

Catherine Guigou-Carter
Catherine Guigou-Carter CSTB

Catherine Guigou-Carter obtained an engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1989 (specialized in Acoustics and Vibration) at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France; in 1992 she obtained a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA.
She joined in 1997 as a R&D engineer the Scientific and Technical Center for Building (CSTB), a public organization for innovation in building. She has since been working in the Building Acoustics and Vibration Group on prediction models development for building elements in order to improve product performances with respect to acoustics. She is member of French, European and ISO standardization groups.


Klas Hagberg - WSP
Klas Hagberg – WSP Sweden AB / WSP Environmental

Klas Hagberg is the project coordinator of Silent Timber Build and he has more than 25 years of experience within building acoustics. Klas has carried out research and development regarding acoustics and vibration within wooden structures since the middle of 1990ies, which was the time when the fire regulation were revised and opened up for timber framed multi storey buildings. Klas joined in at an early stage in the development of the acoustic building regulations in order to fit them to the new timber structures for residential multifamily buildings. He has since then participated in the development of the timber framed buildings in various projects, both nationally and internationally.


Jean-Luc Kouyoumji
Jean-Luc Kouyoumji – FCBA

Jean-Luc Kouyoumji is a research engineer since 1997 at the Technological Institute FCBA. He has a Ph. D. in “Civil engineering and Building Sciences” of Savoie University. He was project manager or coordinator for over 30 R&D projects (both private and public) and has written over 25 papers for international congresses and scientific reviews on acoustics and building energy. His areas of expertise are: (1) Improvement and modeling of acoustic performances of wooden buildings and flanking transmissions; (2) Biosourced materials for energy-efficient buildings; (3) Technology transfer of and innovations in construction; (4) International cooperation between researchers, engineers, technical centers and construction companies. He has been Chairman of 12 sessions on acoustics lightweight constructions for the Internoise and ICA Acoustics Congresses. He has been vice-chair of the EU-COST Action FP0702 and TAIEX expert for MED Mediterranean countries. Co-Author of the “Cross Laminated Timber Handbook” for Canada and reviewer of the “Technical Guide for the Design and Construction of high-rise Wood Buildings in Canada” and for the CLT Handbook USA.


Hansueli Schmid – Lignum
Hansueli Schmid – Lignum

Hansueli is the leader of the work package “European Timber Sound Insulation Atlas”. He works as a technical project manager at the national organization Lignum – swiss wood economy. He works in the fields of BIM-database, durability, sustainability and sound insulation. He provides consulting, expert assessment and development of technical documentation. With the age of 20 Hansueli completed the 4-year apprenticeship as interior carpenter in his village. After he studied for over four years engineer in wood technology at the Bern University of Applied Sciences in Biel and has written his thesis during his Internship at Precious woods in Costa Rica (FSC certificated forestry and sawmill). He worked then as international project manager for Vitra in Basel (office furniture projects), later as product and sales manager for TAVAPAN (composite and acoustic panels in wood) and for Knauf (Drywall systems for wood).


Moritz Späh - IBP Fraunhofer
Moritz Späh –IBP Fraunhofer

Moritz Späh studied Building Physics in the beginning of the 1990s and focussed on acoustics since then. He has experience in room acoustics, building acoustics and structure borne noise and has worked for a car supplying company on the noise of hvac units. Since 2008 he is working at Fraunhofer IBP in Stuttgart in building acoustics with special interest in lightweight and wooden constructions. He was engaged in the international project „AcuWood“ and is contributing to „Silent Timber Build“. Since the end of 2015, he is the group leader of the room acoustics group at the IBP.