SENIOR ACOUSTICS CONSULTANT
Stuart Dryden graduated in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at The City University, London and then joined EMI Electronics Ltd as an R&D Engineer in their Central Research Labs. There he worked on the acoustic design of studios and evaluation of monitor loudspeakers, while studying part‑time for an MSc in Applied Acoustics at Chelsea College (University of London).
In 1977 he exchanged the quiet calm of the anechoic chamber for the urban vibe of South London, working as a Senior Technical Officer for Southwark Council investigating noise nuisance, noise and vibration from construction sites, and advising on noise matters. He also devised and led a project testing and comparing techniques to improve sound insulation between dwellings. Having completed his MSc he obtained the Royal Society of Health’s Diploma in Air Pollution Control before starting part-time study for a law degree from London University.
In 1983 Stuart moved to WS Atkins where he used pioneering 3D noise modelling software to predict noise from large road schemes. He also developed computer-based noise monitoring systems for public sector clients, undertook noise at work assessments and appeared as an expert witness in public inquiries and the courts. He completed his LLB in 1986.
In 1990 he joined ERM as Head of Acoustics and in addition to a large number of environmental assessments, he audited the noise assessment for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (now HS1). He also worked on a study for Defra of noise mapping in Germany, and made further appearances as an expert witness.
Stuart joined Rupert Taylor's practice in 1998, working on many and varied noise and vibration projects, noise at work assessment and expert witness work. He also undertook contract research for Defra on topics including noise mapping, the use of the Environmental Protection Act, mediation, noise in EIA, and the effect of noise policy in England.
Stuart joined AJA in 2017 and manages our Oxford office.