Robin Glosemeyer Petrone  

Robin Glosemeyer Petrone

Robin is a Partner at Threshold Acoustics in Chicago, Illinois. As an acoustic and audio/video design consultant, she shares her research and project-specific knowledge of sound behavior with clients, design teams, and contractors. She educates each team member on how their work impacts the spaces they build together and how those spaces, in turn, impact human communication.

Robin is driven by her belief in designs where acoustics and AV become a natural extension of unified design rather than an additive element. She shares her knowledge through teaching as an annual invited lecturer in the School of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology and is on faculty at Northwestern University School of Communication as part of the Master of Sound Arts and Industries program. She has been an invited speaker for the LA Philharmonic’s Music for Elementary Educators series on the topics of music and architecture, the Southern California Institute of Architecture as part of the Stereolabs Seminar which focused on the exploration of architecture and sound.

Continuously active in the Acoustical Society of America, Robin presents in and chairs sessions on room acoustics and sound isolation for performance spaces. She has Co-Authored Classroom Acoustics I: A resource for creating learning environments with desirable listening conditions and is currently serving her second term as the Architectural Acoustics Technical Committee Representative on the Editorial Board for ASA Press.

She co-organized the Concert Hall Research Group Summer Institutes in 2003, 2014, and 2019 to facilitate the exchange of ideas between acoustic consultants, faculty, researchers and college students in architectural acoustics. She is a Co- Chair of the Newman Student Award Fund, supporting education and excellence in architectural acoustics through student awards, design competitions, and teaching grants.

Robin’s primary project work focus is on the creation and renovation of spaces for the fine and performing arts. She is currently completing work on the Brockman Hall for Opera, a new music building at Rice University. Brockman Hall expands the facility offerings of the Shepherd School of Music with a 600-seat opera house, rehearsal rooms, teaching and practice studios, and a scene shop. Some of her previous projects include new stages at the Hollywood Bowl and Santa Barbra Bowl, renovation to exhibits in Cleveland’s Rock&Roll Hall of Fame, and a 2,000- seat theatre in-the-round for Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles - Love” show.

Since 2014, she has been working with Canada’s National Arts Centre on a series of projects including the front of house expansion of the historically registered facility. The lobbies now provide spaces for performance, pre-show gatherings, education, and rentals, as well as a broadcasting and recording studio, and a 150-seat incubator performance space. In 2016 the Centre’s focus turned to the existing performance spaces with a renewal of the facility’s theatrical production systems and upgrades to sound isolation between the 2,065-seat Southam Opera Hall, the 897-seat proscenium/thrust theatre, the 300-seat studio theatre, and rehearsal facilities. The renovations also included a new orchestra enclosure and replacement of the audience chamber seating and flooring in Southam Hall which improved the acoustic conditions for the NAC Orchestra.