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June 2008

Thomas D. Northwood Student Prize in Architectural and Room Acoustics


The association has instituted a new prize to reward research undertaken in the field of Architectural Acoustics and Room Acoustics. The award became possible, in part, because of the success of the 2009 Acoustics-Week-in-Canada conference held at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. One of two themes that was highlighted at that conference was ‘Architectural Acoustics.’


The award consists of a cash prize of $500 awarded every year.


The candidate must be: (1) a CAA member; and (2) a graduate student enrolled at a Canadian academic institution pursuing studies in any discipline of acoustics, conducting research related to the advancement of the practice of architectural acoustics and/or room acoustics.Note: A candidate may receive this award only once.


Applications must be received by the Prize Coordinator by April 30. Along with the application form, applicants should submit a written proposal (up to 750 words) summarizing the research work to be carried out, a CV, and a supporting letter from their advisor.

CAA Prize Application Form:Word formPDF form

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed by a Subcommittee set up by the Awards Coordinator. Applications are evaluated based on the quality and originality of the research proposal, and the potential contribution to the field of acoustics. Decisions made by the Prize Subcommittee are transmitted to the Awards Coordinator and Board of Directors of the CAA. The successful candidate will be notified by June 15.Decisions are final and may not be appealed. The CAA reserves the right not to make an award in any given year.

The names of prize winners will be announced at the annual CAA Symposium (usually in October), and published in the December issue ofCanadian Acoustics and on the CAA website.


Prof. Ramani Ramakrishnan, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3.architectural@caa-aca.ca