Robert Coffeen

School of Architecture, Design & Planning -
Primary office:
Marvin Studios, 134
University of Kansas
1465 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


Academic Areas

  • Architectural acoustics
  • Architectural and mechanical noise controlĀ 
  • Electro-acoustic sound reinforcement, reproduction, and enhancement systems
  • Building interior noise generated by rain on commercial roofs of various types
  • Architectural use and accuracy of computer auralization as created by computer acoustical modeling and analysis programs
  • Sound absorption of building interior materials and material assemblies

Courses Taught and Related Instruction

  • ARCH 520/720, Architectural Acoustics
  • ARCH 521/721, Electro-Acoustic Systems
  • ARCH 629, Listening to Architecture
  • Portion of ARCH 530, Mechanical System Noise Control
  • Portion of ARCH 531, Building Acoustics for Architects
  • Portion of ARCH 205, Natural Forces
  • ARCH 600, Acoustic and Theatrical Design Considerations for Performance Facilities
  • ARCH 700, Acoustics Studio and Directed Readings in Architecture
  • ARCH 799, Independent Study in Architecture
  • Arch 899, Thesis or Project Research
  • Architecture studio instruction for projects where room acoustics and noise control are important


  • BSEE, University of Illinois, 1953

Professional Experience

  • Founder and Principal Consultant, Coffeen Fricke & Associates (now known as Avant Acoustics), Consultants in Acoustics and Audio Visual Communications, 1964-1995
  • Principal Engineer, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, 1955-1964


  • There is more to sound than what you hear!!