2021 NCAC Annual Meeting

NCAC will proceed with an in-person Annual Meeting in Portsmouth, NH August 13-15, 2021. We are committed to providing a safe, productive and fun meeting. View our health & safety guidelines.

Register Online (Must be an employee of an NCAC Member Firm)

Cannot attend in-person? We will be offering a separate virtual experience to include the seminar recording and a virtual round table discussion. More details on the virtual meeting will be posted soon.

Hotel Information

Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel
250 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Note: NCAC's block of rooms are sold out. For alternatives, visit,, or

Getting to Portsmouth:
  1. Fly to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) or Boston's Logan Airport (BOS) both an hour from Portsmouth. View Getting here details from Go Portsmouth.
  2. Book your transportation from the airport to Portsmouth. C&J Bus Lines offers coach bus service from Boston's Logan Airport to Portsmouth.
  3. Portsmouth offers public transportation that will get you from the C&J Bus drop-off to the hotel. Take Route 40 to the Hanover Station, which is a block and a half from the Sheraton. Visit for details.
Annual Meeting Pricing:
  • 1st Attendee from Firm - $195
  • 2nd+ Attendee from Same Firm - $145
  • Spouse/Guest Pass (meals only) - $85
Event Schedule:

Friday, August 13, 2021:

6 - 7:30 p.m. EDT Reception

Saturday, August 14, 2021:

8 a.m. - Noon Industry Exhibition
12 - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 - 4 p.m. Seminar: Good Vibrations - Acoustics in a Post-Covid World (See Details Below)
5 - 6:15 p.m. Cocktails & Laymon Miller Award Presentation
6:30 p.m. Chartered Cruise & Dinner

Sunday, August 15, 2021

10 a.m. - Noon Business Best Practices Round Table
12 - 1 p.m. Lunch & NCAC General Membership Meeting

Seminar Details:

Good Vibrations—Acoustics in a Post-Covid World


  • Dave Gilmore is the president & CEO of the Design Futures Council and the publisher of Design Intelligence. He is a futurist, strategist, and thought leader in the A/E/C industry.
  • Scott Simpson is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, former CEO of the Stubbins Associates, and faculty member of the Advanced Management Development Program at Harvard.

The Design Futures Council (DFC) is a gathering of development, architecture, design, engineering, construction, product, and technology leaders who explore global trends, challenges, and opportunities to advance innovation and shape the future of architecture, engineering, construction and design. Each year the DFC convenes summits on issues of strategic importance to leaders: technology and applied innovation, collaboration, education and talent, sustainability, and the business of design. The DFC is part of the parent company, DesignIntelligence, which is dedicated to the business success of organizations in the built environment industry.

The Design Futures Council is committed to supporting the built environment community by providing information and understanding of trends and future issues. The DFC creates context in which leaders from member firms can work with one another—as well as leading thinkers from outside industries—to tackle complex challenges and opportunities.

DFC leaders Gilmore and Simpson have designed a workshop for NCAC. They will share:

  • Design market assessment - what's hot and what's not.
  • Implications for acoustical consulting profession including potential new markets/clients and new services.
  • How to leverage your role in integrated teams.
  • New ideas to lead your company, nuture your successors and create effective teams.

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