Mark Holden, FSA

Principal-in-Charge, Acoustics

Mark asserts that cultivating strong working relationships leads to well-executed deliverables, lasting partnerships and ultimately, project success. His passion for acoustic excellence, paired with his outstanding leadership ability, propel design teams towards timely project completion.

With Jaffe Holden Since 1978 – In The Industry Since 1978

Mark is chairman and lead acoustic designer at Jaffe Holden. He has collaborated on hundreds of diverse projects within academic performance spaces for clients in higher education. Mark thrives on the creative design processes that call on his unique skills as an engineer, physicist, communicator, and jazz musician to create superior acoustic environments. In January of 2016, Mark Holden released Acoustics of Multi-Use Performing Arts Centers, a guide to achieving outstanding acoustics in flexible spaces, published by Taylor & Francis Group.

Educated at Duke University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, Mark has authored numerous papers and columns for major trade publications. He lectures at universities and conferences across the United States. Mark is a member of the National Council of Acoustical Consultants and elected fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.


A list of his project work includes the following:

  • The Tianjin Juilliard School, Tianjin, China 
  • The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY
  • College of Holy Cross Performing Arts Center, Worcester, MA
  • Duke University, Baldwin Hall, Durham, NC                                                                                        
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The Gearan Center for the Performing Arts, Geneva, NY
  • Houston Baptist University, Morris Cultural Arts Center, , Houston, TX
  • Hunter College Auditorium Study, New York, NY
  • Lone Star College, Performing Arts Center, Kingwood Campus, Kingwood, TX
  • Sam Houston State University, James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Art Center, Huntsville, TX
  • Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, Corpus Christi, TX
  • Texas Christian University, PepsiCo Recital Hall, Walsh Center, Fort Worth, TX
  • Texas State-San Marcos, Performing Arts Center Complex, San Marcos, TX
  • University of Hong Kong, The Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre at Centennial Campus, Pokfulam, HK
  • University of Texas-Permian Basin, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center, Odessa, TX
  • University of Richmond, Modlin Center for the Performing Arts, Richmond, VA
  • University of Texas Brownsville/Texas Southmost College, Music Performance Hall, Brownsville, TX  
  • University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Performing Arts Complex, Edinburg, TX