Gemma Maria Echevarria Sanchez
Gemma Maria Echevarria Sanchez was born in Madrid, Spain. She obtained her M.Sc. degree in architecture in 2007 at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM), and developed her profession as an architect in several architecture companies in Madrid and Rome. She studied piano at the Music Conservatory for ten years, and recently studied lyrical singing. “My passion for music motivated me to understand how sound behaves in architectural space”. She enrolled in the Master Program of Acoustic Engineering in Building and Environment at the EUITT (UPM) receiving the M.Sc. degree in 2012. She realized the serious distance between acoustics and urbanism, and the unawareness of the impact that urban decisions have on urban sound environment. Therefore her Master Thesis was about noise propagation in several streets of Madrid taking into account canyon geometry. This research received a grant from the Iberoamerican Federation of acoustics and an award from the Spanish Society of Acoustics in 2012.
She is currently one of the ESRs following the Sonorus project: “The Urban Sound Planner” funded by FP7-people-2011-ITN, Marie Curie Actions, researching solutions for improving urban sound environments taking into account urban geometry at low scale and audio-visual interaction. Additionally, she is pursuing her PhD in Acoustics at Ghent University.