Douglas Beaton is a professional structural engineer and architectural acoustician pursuing a PhD in music technology at McGill. His research focusses on computational methods for the design of musical instruments.

Throughout a decade of consulting work Douglas has analyzed and designed buildings, bridges and marine structures across North America. Highlights include the recent “Big Lift” project on Halifax’s Macdonald Bridge, and the upcoming Joseph Strug Concert Hall at Dalhousie University. Throughout his consulting career, Douglas has specialized in writing computer code to automate sophisticated analysis and design tasks.

Outside of work Douglas has a strong passion for the visual and performing arts. He has served on the board of directors at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and the Chicago Fringe Festival’s advisory board. His music collection includes over 500 albums (mostly on physical CDs!), and he loves historic performance halls so much he tours them when he travels.