Home theatre and custom installation specialist Cinema Architects has the rare distinction of employing the only five South Africans accredited to the international Home Acoustic Alliance (HAA). Of those five, two are women – the only females worldwide that are HAA-qualified. Letitia Lourens is the company’s electronic architect, while Riana Kriek is the interior cinema designer, who also acts as liaison between Cinema Architects, interior architects and designers. Riana’s HAA qualification allows her to bridge the gap between the art of the interior design, and the technical know-how required to ensure the home cinema sounds and operates to the same high standard as the aesthetic design. This allows the Cinema Architects team to initially conceptualise and design a technically correct home theatre, and to then add in the aesthetic elements and requirements without the cosmetics getting in the way of the theatre’s functionality.

The HAA level two qualification includes researching, compiling and submitting a practical paper, as well as the use of professional test and measurement equipment. The HAA is a professional training organisation dedicated to home acoustics. Its purpose is to promote the correct and most effective use of acoustical design and calibration techniques specifically for the home.

Cinema Architects is also the importer and distributor of Genelec active loudspeakers, and is accredited to design, install and calibrate Genelec loudspeaker systems, following two weeks of intensive training at the Genelec Headquarters in Finland.

Tel: 016 455 1000 or visit: www.cinema-architects.co.za