2023 40 Under 40: Andy Guthrie, 39
Associate, Acoustic and Audiovisual Consulting, Arup; Ph.D., Architectural Acoustics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Guthrie is a part of Arup’s Technical Services portfolio, applying the latest technologies in acoustics and audiovisual (AV) design across complex projects within health care, transit, education and arts and culture. Having joined Arup in 2009, Guthrie is a leader on the AV and acoustic teams, where they leverage their background in analysis and mitigation of structure-borne noise and vibration; room acoustics and sound isolation design for performing arts centers; AV systems for higher education, corporate and aviation; and sound art projects. Since joining the firm, Guthrie has been a major contributor to the development and improvement of Arup SoundLab standards across the United States. They contributed to the implementation of a wave field synthesis system and a higher-resolution spatial audio protocol that allows for a more immersive sonic experience based on more informed design decisions. Guthrie has represented Arup at multiple industry conferences including the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, the Acoustical Society of America, the International Symposium on Room Acoustics and the Institute of Acoustics. In addition to work at Arup, Guthrie is a classically trained French horn player and composer active in San Francisco’s contemporary music scene. Given the varied interests and skills both within and outside work, Guthrie thrives as a creative and resourceful leader, insightful and committed to mentoring others while constantly striving to develop the most efficient solutions. Working at the intersection of technical sound design and art, Guthrie makes an impact on the built environment. Guthrie identifies as nonbinary and enjoys going for hikes and camping with their 6-year-old.