Corporate Affiliate Members

Your company is invited to be an Affiliate Member of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD). By doing so, your company’s name will be prominently placed before hundreds of Deans and Associate Deans and other executive arts administrators around the globe who receive e-communication from ICFAD throughout the year. Benefits of membership include:

  • e-mail communications that ICFAD members receive, providing you with the opportunity to be aware of issues trending as members post questions to a Member Forum; job openings in the higher education arena; and meetings / events;
  • your company logo and a descriptive paragraph about your business featured on a page of the ICFAD website, including a link to your company’s website and an e-mail link to your designated representative;
  • your company logo and descriptive paragraph about your business included on an annual email to ICFAD members recognizing Affiliate Members;
  • an invitation to attend ICFAD’s Annual Conference at the members’ registration rate; and
  • first opportunity to sponsor meetings and events including, ICFAD’s Annual Conference, after sponsors have been offered an opportunity to renew their sponsorships

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Sound is central to the arts. Spaces for the fine and performing arts must support and enhance aesthetic experience and social connection. The acoustical design of a theatre or concert hall builds a connection between performers and audience, and shapes the overall experience. Similarly, the acoustics in rehearsal and teaching spaces must allow performers to hear one another clearly and without excessive loudness. In museums and galleries, appropriate acoustics help to direct attention to the artwork and to foster the social connections that are so important to students, patrons, and creators of art. Acentech’s Studio A partners with higher education clients to develop and realize new or renovated performance and fine arts spaces. 

Benjamin Markham
(617) 499-8000



Acoustic Distinctions (AD) is a U.S.-based acoustics and AV systems specialty design firm that works as an integral design partner with owners, architects, engineers, and contractors. We help create spaces that support the student and faculty experience, effectively showcase and cultivate talent, serve as effective learning environments, and enable cultural outreach to local communities. Since 1991, the firm has developed effective acoustic design solutions for 3300+ wide-ranging projects worldwide. We are experienced with planning and programming for new construction, renovation, and fit-out/expansion of facilities with a wide range of existing conditions. Our team members come from varied backgrounds in architecture, mechanical engineering, construction, music performance, and sound engineering. They draw on insights gained from different project types, adapting techniques to new contexts to give each and every client the benefit of their wealth of experience across multiple disciplines.

David Khan
(212) 764-0218



Since 1972, Auerbach Pollock Friedlander has been a leader in the field of Performing Arts/Media Facilities Planning and Design.  The firm is internationally-recognized with an extensive portfolio of award-winning projects all over the world.  With more than 150 higher education projects to our credit, Auerbach Pollock Friedlander focuses on developing practical and flexible performing arts education venues and presentation programs.  Our commitment to young performers and audiences is reflected through the tangible impact our projects have had on campus life often resulting in higher enrollment, expanded courses of study and facilities that support cutting-edge artistic educational pursuits.  The majority of the firm’s work is with return clients, attesting to the success of our 45-plus years of innovative design and professional relationships.  Locations:  New York, San Francisco and Minneapolis.  

Steven Friedlander
(212) 764-5630



Founded in 1981, Beck Design is an award-winning architectural firm with a national reputation for creating unique design solutions that meet the special demands of their clients. At the core of their work is the passion for imaginative solution-minded design that adds value to land, buildings, and people’s lives. The team is known for their collaboration with clients and consultants, specializing in the design and planning of higher educational facilities and performance spaces. Consisting of 20 individuals with offices located in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and New York City, they provide “Big Bold Ideas” on a local and national level.

Paula Beck
(917) 522-1703

designLAB architects is a Boston-based studio devoted to creating places that reflect the mission and identity of educational, cultural and civic institutions. Their studio has planned and built numerous innovative learning environments for the visual and performing arts, each creating vibrant new entities engaged with their communities. designLAB sees each project as an opportunity to enrich and revitalize the community it serves.

John Branagan 
(617) 350-3005

 

DLR Group is a global, integrated design firm with 1,200 employee-owners in 30 offices around the world. The voice of every employee-owner is heard and valued at DLR Grouop. We are committed to developing a diverse, next generation of leaders who are the vanguard of a more inclusive workforce. The firm's internationally recognized Cultural + Performing Arts Studio (formerly Westlake Reed Leskosky) works with higher education institutions across the country on planning and design projects for arts programs involving music, dance, theatre, digital media/film, and the visual arts. We offer a multi-disciplinary in-house team of architects, engineers, and technology designers-including specialist in acoustics, audiovisual, theatrical, and lighting system design-whose professional focus is the fine and performing arts. These experts guide clients through every phase of a project, creating compelling solutions that are recognized for their technical, aesthetic, and operational quality.

Paul Siemborski
(216) 522-1350 

For more than five decades, HGA has specialized in planning, programming and designing cultural architecture for colleges and universities. From visual and performing arts centers to museums, theaters and studio arts, HGA works with clients to design arts and educational facilities that foster engagement and build community.

Amy Braford-Whittey
(612) 758-4333 



Organizations that have built or improved their performing arts, educational and cultural facilities have benefited from Jaffe Holden’s distinct know-how in architectural acoustic design and audio/video solutions. Our award-winning work and involvement in enhancing many of the world’s most iconic buildings make us a leader in our field. Jaffe Holden develops unique solutions that do more than just meet the requirements of a space – we inspire sensory experiences where people learn, work, live and play.

Mark Holden
(203) 838-4167




Founded in 1979, LMN is a Seattle-based architectural firm with a deep portfolio of civic and institutional projects across North America. Our work encompasses higher education facilities, performing arts centers, museums, convention centers, and other projects that foster and enrich campuses and communities. Our comprehensive understanding of the continually evolving programmatic, functional, and technical intricacies of performing arts centers includes an exceptional capacity for seamless integration of acoustics and architecture. As a recognized leader in the planning, programming, and design of innovative arts facilities, we are strongly committed to the continuing success of our civic, cultural, and educational institutions. In recognition of the impact of our body of work and our long-standing firm culture of collaboration, LMN was the recipient of the 2016 AIA National Architecture Firm Award.




OTJ Architects designs performing arts facilities by looking to the future experience of the community even when the context of the venue is firmly rooted in the past. By understanding university performing arts facilities as laboratories for learning all aspects of live entertainment, we blend equal parts pedagogy and professional practice to create teaching spaces that prepare students for their future careers in the theatre. Our team designs new facilities and renovates historic assets to accommodate music, dance, and drama. By aligning practical solutions, sound project management, and exemplary architecture, we deliver timely and budget-sensitive solutions that maximize flexibility, ease of operation, and versatility while artfully balancing the requirements of student performers and the communities where they practice.

Falynn Schmidt
(202)748-7175




Pfeiffer is an award-winning design firm of 50 professionals – architects, planners and interior designers – who have been drawn together by our shared philosophy regarding the built environment. We provide architectural and interior design services, specializing in the fine and performing arts, for cultural and academic clients from our offices, located in Los Angeles and New York.

Sharon Murphy
(213) 624-2775



Valued internationally as creative and insightful design partners, Schuler Shook provides theatre planning and architectural lighting design services for numerous campus building types including performing arts facilities, libraries, galleries, student centers, lecture rooms, residence halls, chapels, building exteriors, and sites.  We provide consulting and design services from conception through construction and opening, always keeping the ultimate use of the building for students and the larger community. We collaborate with campus and facility planners and architects to ensure successful, energy conscious designs now and for the future.  With over 30 years of experience, we are trusted allies working with university facilities departments as these designs are realized.

Mollie Brackeen
(312) 944-8230

For more than 165 years, Steinway & Sons has set an uncompromising standard for sound touch, beauty and investment value. Because of this dedication, today’s Steinway remains the choice of 9 our of 10 concert artist and is the preferred piano of countless musicians throughout the world. There are more than 200 All-Steinway Schools found on five continents worldwide. 

Sally Coveleskie
(718) 204-3118




Stevens & Wilkinson is an architecture, engineering, and interior design firm headquartered in Atlanta, GA for over 100 years. We understand that cultural design spaces need to embody the spirit and image of the citizens in their neighborhoods and cities. They should be unique gathering places where individuals come together in unity to express themselves in meaningful and moving ways. At Stevens & Wilkinson we approach each civic project as an opportunity to uplift the community and the institution it serves. We work collaboratively, striving to exceed the diverse measures of success for a broad range of stakeholders, patrons, and guests. We strive to find smart design solutions tailored to the unique mission, goals, and objections of the cultural institution.

Jason Smith
(404) 522-8888


TCC is a team of industry veterans and creative thinkers that joined forces in 2003 to assist our clients through the complex process of theatre programming, planning and design, as well as the design and integration of specialized performance systems. Our goal as The Collaborative is to connect with users, architects and engineers to craft exciting and unique venues where performance comes to life.

Jillian Brown
(919) 929-7443


The Yamaha Institutional Solutions Group provides campus-wide instrumental, audio and educational solutions for higher learning institutions in the United States.  Product solutions include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and NEXO commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, MusicCast wireless multiroom audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. Yamaha is the industry leader in support of music education through its award-winning music schools, commitment to music education advocacy, professional development programs and educational partnerships.

French Forbes