Dolby Honored for Design Excellence by Industrial Designers Society of America

Environmental Design Strategy for Dolby Global Headquarters Receives Gold at IDEA Awards

The core team responsible for the environment design of Dolby’s new headquarters celebrates receiving a gold IDEA award from the Industrial Designer’s Society of America in Detroit on August 17, 2016. From L to R - VP, Executive Creative Director, Vince Voron; Head of Visual Experience Design Kevin Byrd; Head of Product Experience Design Peter Michaelian and Senior Industrial Designer Grayson Byrd. (Photo: Business Wire)

DETROIT--()--Dolby was honored with a Gold award at the 36th annual International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA®). Dolby’s environmental design strategy for its global headquarters was recognized in the “Design Strategy” category by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), one of the world’s oldest and largest membership associations for industrial design professionals.

The environmental design strategy, developed and executed by the internal Dolby design team, conceived of the global headquarters in San Francisco as a working lab, a vertical village, and a place where art meets science in inspiring ways.

“For our global headquarters, we wanted to create an environment that celebrates our past and inspires our future,” said Vince Voron, Vice President and Executive Creative Director, Dolby Laboratories. “Its design embodies who we are and what we do, and it enables people to do their best work.”

Dolby’s global headquarters, which occupies approximately 300,000 square feet, is a state-of-the-art facility comprising more than 100 laboratories across 63,000 square feet and is designed to help catalyze innovation in science, engineering, and production. These spaces include:

  • Labs for research into human perception, sensory immersion, and other fields
  • Mixing rooms for work in Dolby Audio™ and Dolby Atmos® sound, and in Dolby Vision™ imaging
  • A recording studio with a mixing room
  • Playback rooms for quality assurance, content review, and testing of audio and visual technologies, including laser projection
  • Living rooms and small cinema rooms to mimic real-world contexts for testing and research
  • Support rooms, including facilities for prototyping, fabrication, and assembly

The new Dolby headquarters features artworks and new media installations, commissioned from artists around the world, throughout its workspaces. These pieces present creative approaches to perception, highlight advances in Dolby engineering, and are meant to inspire future innovations.

External and internal artists were given three principles to guide their creations: celebrate Dolby’s past, look toward the future, and reflect on Dolby’s globally diverse culture. Twenty artists created 36 pieces and installations that explore sight and sound, and that are modern interpretations of Dolby milestones, technologies, and historic achievements.

About Dolby Laboratories

Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB) creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and at work. For more than 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more vibrant, clear, and powerful in Dolby®. For more information, please visit

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Dolby Honored for Design Excellence by Industrial Designers Society of America. Environmental Design Strategy for Dolby Global Headquarters Receives Gold at IDEA Awards


Dolby Laboratories
Sean Durkin, 1-415-645-5176