Dr Shenzhi Su
Dr Shenzhi Su worked as the chief acoustician for China’s Wanda Group in 2018. She supervised the acoustic design of more than 30 cultural and tourism projects, including theatres, film studios, outdoor performance venues, cinemas, indoor water parks, skiing and ocean parks, and show restaurants. Her responsibilities included reviewing design documents by commissioned consultants, attending design meetings, preparing design standards, and providing training to site managers.
Before joining Wanda, Su worked for Marshall Day Acoustics: a leading Australian acoustical consulting company for six years. Working out of Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, she was responsible for sound insulation design and building services noise control on several major performing arts building projects in mainland China and Hong Kong. Su also played an instrumental role in room acoustic design and project coordination.
Su completed three research projects for degrees: a PhD “Structure-borne sound transmission through resiliently suspended ceilings in timber frame floors” at Edinburgh Napier University; an MPhil “Airborne sound transmission through triple walls” at Heriot-Watt University and an MArch “The influence of the shapes of opera house auditoria on their acoustic qualities” at South China University of Science and Technology in Guangzhou. Her PhD research resulted in papers in the Journal of Building Acoustics and Applied Acoustics and one patented acoustic product.
After PhD graduation in 2009, Su carried out research on a comparison of regulatory requirements for impact sound insulation and vibrations in the UK and the Nordic countries, and their impacts on floor evaluation. She prepared an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funding proposal on Integrated evaluation of impact sound insulation and vibration serviceability of residential timber floors.
Prior to her career in acoustics, Su was trained and worked as an architect in China. She has an excellent understanding of the multiple disciplines involved in building projects – a great asset in project coordination.