Robert F. Mahoney & Associates
Robert F. Mahoney & Associates
Consultants in architectural acoustics

Performing arts

Great acoustics are at the root of thrilling experiences. We work for arts complexes, conservatories, civic groups, and everyone else thrilled by live performance.

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Featured performing arts projects

Ahmanson Theater

Los Angeles, California

Devising dramatic improvements in a space to serve a variety of performances from intimate productions and major Broadway musicals.

Dolby Theater

Los Angeles, California

Creating a home for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Oscars.

Ellie Caulkins

Denver, Colorado

Carving a classic horseshoe opera house from an historic landmark.

Other performing arts projects include:

Wells Fargo Pavilion, Sacramento

Pima Community College West Campus, Tucson

Michael Palm Theater, Telluride

The Conrad Prebys Theater, La Jolla*

* In collaboration with Nagata Acoustics

Kauffman Center, Kansas City*

Grusin Hall, Boulder

Bales Organ Recital Hall, Topeka

Intimate drama

Nothing creates electricity than seeing, hearing even feeling actors up close who are masters of their craft. Complete immersion of all the senses without distraction is what makes for an evening of great theater.

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Featured intimate drama projects

Tramway Theater, National Theater Conservatory

Denver, Colorado

Serving an integral part of the DPAC education outreach, Tramway also serves as an additonal venue for the second largest theater complex in America.

Kirk Douglas Theater

Los Angeles, California

Repurposing an historic cinema from the ground up and giving rise to a downtown renaissance.

Bing Theater

University of Southern California

Remodeling the principal performance venue for USC's School of Dramatic Arts and frequent Hollywood filming venue.

Other intimate drama projects include

Actors’ Alley/El Portal, North Hollywood

Actors’ Gang, Culver City

Su Teatro, Denver Civic Theater, Denver

Topeka Civic Theater, Topeka

Soka University Studio Theater, Aliso Viejo

Richard B Fisher Center, Studio Theater, Annandale-on-Hudson

Muriel Kauffman Theater, Kansas City

Auraria Higher Education Center, King Center

Courtyard Theater

(3) Studio Theaters

Milton Academy, Milton, MA

Catalina Foothills HS, Tucson

Moss Theater, Crossroads School, Santa Monica

Kent Denver Student Arts Building, Cherry Hills Village

Michael Palm Theater, Telluride

Jackson Hole Center for the Arts Phase 2, Jackson


While the pursuit of perfection in performance is a lifelong journey, it is important to prime young musicians with a space to grow and learn as they prepare to take the global stage.

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Featured education projects

New World Symphony

Miami, Florida

Bringing an electric new presence in Miami Beach with Frank Gehry, Michael Tilson Thomas, and the New World Symphony.

Soka University Performing Arts Center

Aliso Viejo, California

Serving the broadly international student body with a concert venue and studio theater that supports a range of programming as broadly diverse as the students it serves.

Calderwood Hall Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 

Boston, Massachusetts

Crafting a most intimate setting for electrifying music making.

Other education projects include:

Auraria Higher Education Center

St John’s University

US Air Force Academy

Aurora Community College

El Sistema

Bethany Lutheran College

Cornell College

Kalamazoo College

Emporia State University

Fort Lewis College

Graceland University

University of CA, Berkeley

Hillsdale College

Asbury College

Luther College

Mesa State University

Metropolitan State University

Stanford University


When studying great works of art in public or academic settings, a calm, peaceful atmosphere is critical - and acoustics plays a big part.  Museums with interactive displays require the special acoustical attention that we can provide.

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Featured museum projects

Anderson Collection at Stanford

Palo Alto, California

Completing a new building to house the extraordinary 20th century art collection donated to Stanford.

Dittman Center at St. Olaf College

Northfield, Minnesota

Repurposing a landmark on St Olaf college's campus.

Joslyn Art Museum

Omaha, Nebraska

Adding major new wing to a bedrock cultural institution in Omaha.

Other museum projects include:

Fort Huachuca Miltiary Intelligence Museum, Ft Huachuca

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Museum, Colorado Springs

BBAA, Birmingham

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah

Gates Wildlife Conservation and Education Center, Denver

Museum of Tolerance, Jerusalem (unrealized)

National Center for Storytelling, Jonesborough

Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

Teton Science Schools, Jackson

Unviersity of Iowa, Art and Art History, Iowa City

Live music

A great concert experience is all about energy - between the artists and fans and among the fans themselves. Great acoustics means both extraordinary clarity even at high volumes and a venue ambience that makes electric enthusiasm absolutely contagious. (And you’ve got to consider the neighbors!)


Featured live music projects


Fort Collins, Colorado

Fashioning the premier rock venue for up to 800 fans in Fort Collins, Colorado's live music capital.

Jackson Hole Center for the Arts

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Brining together pop, rock, country, and fusion in a Jackson venue that seats 100 patrons on the main floor for small scale and expands to include a much bigger balcony.

Other live music projects include:

Lakewood Amphitheater, Lakewood

Westcliffe Amphitheater, Westcliffe (unrealized)

Aireplex Amphitheather, Omaha (unrealized)

Bohemian Amphitheater, Fort Collins (unrealized)

Recording studios

Some of the greatest acoustical challenges are encountered in the design of recording studios: excellent conditions for performers, critical listening environments of engineers and producers, and an extraordinary level of acoustical isolation and low background noise are absolute musts.


Featured recording studio projects

The Barn at Flintwoods

Wilmington, Delaware

Refurbishing a historic barn for Brandywine Baroque's performances and recordings.

MakeMusic Recording Studio

Boulder, Colorado

Offering a wonderful audition, recording and jam session/break room to the people behind Finale, SmartMusic, Garritan and other mainstays in the music world at their new Colorado facility.

Marc A Scorca Hall, National Opera Center

New York, New York

Devoting a finely crafted space to opera's creators in the heart of New York.

Other recording stuido projects include:

Five Points Media Center, Denver

Sounds True Studios, Broomfield

University of Northern Colorado, Greeley

University of Colorado, Denver

King Center at Auraria Higher Education Center, Denver

Studios 278 & 283 at University of Colorado Denver

Tivoli Center, Denver

Bales Organ Recital Hall, Topeka