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Inès Neuhaus

Born 1970 in Linz, Austria

  • Diploma in Music Theory in 1996 (Bruckner Conservatory Linz)
  • Diploma in Music and Media Technology in 1999 (University of Music Vienna and Bruckner Conservatory Linz)
  • Advanced training in Electroacoustics at the IRCAM, Paris
  • Corporate Member of the Institute of Acoustics, UK (MIOA)

She started her career in the area of music (1993-2002): working under her birth name of Inès Kargel she gained recognition for her large-scale space sound installations and electroacoustic compositions using the architecture and acoustics of special kinds of indoor and outdoor spaces. She received commissions from Polyfelt Geosynthetics, the Province of Upper Austria, City of Linz, Burgtheater Vienna, Tower of Sound at Swiss Expo.02, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF, Sender Freies Berlin, Swiss Radio and Television SRF, European Congress on Education, Anton Bruckner Centrum/A. Her works were presented in Europe, the USA, Brazil and China, and won noteworthy awards. She was composer in residence at the University of Music in Graz/A, and served as a visiting lecturer at the Sechuan Conservatory in Chengdu/China.

In 2001 she began her collaboration with Fabian Neuhaus, followed in 2003 by the joint foundation of their firm: initially named Sonic Atelier, now NEUHAUS Akustische Architektur based in Northwestern Switzerland. The team did several years of research into the connections between architecture/urban design and the acoustic quality of environments, and developed a holistic architectural approach to solving noise problems and creating rooms and urban spaces of a high acoustic quality.

Since 2006 the internationally active design consultancy has worked with clients in the public as well as the private sector, especially in connection with the design of indoor and outdoor public spaces. Among the clients of NEUHAUS are the Swiss Cantons of Zurich, Aargau, Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft, Province of Upper Austria, Silhouette International, ABB Immobilien, Vitra, Novartis, Belimo Automation, Rieder Smart Elements, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Austrian Museum of Paper Production, Sehbehindertenhilfe Basel, Klavierwerkstatt René Waldhauser, L'Art du Son, Fürst Starhemberg'sche Familienstiftung, Waldhauser + Hermann Ingenieure, Barcelo Baumann Architekten and Blaser Architekten.


  • The European Soundscape Award 2014, 3rd place: city model Acoutopia – City & Sound
  • Swiss Art Award for Architecture nomination 2007: pavilion The City as a Resonant Space
  • Manor Art Award 2006: city model Acoutopia – City & Sound
  • Project Promotion Award from the Canton of Aargau 2004: research residency in Paris
  • Arts Promotion Award from the City and Canton of Schaffhausen 2003: soundscape project Mono 1/03
  • Anton Bruckner Scholarship, Austria 2003
  • Scholarship of the Republic of Austria for Composition 2001
  • Scholarship of the Academy of Arts Berlin 1999
  • Arts Promotion Award from the City of Linz/A 1999
  • Talent Promotion Award from the Province of Upper Austria 1996