Daniel Steele

Research Lead and Project Manager for Sounds in the City, McGill University

Daniel Steele is interested in transforming the built environment through sound with interventions spanning design, planning, and policy. He currently serves as the research lead and project manager for Sounds in the City at McGill University. His work includes original soundscape research in addition to knowledge mobilization for professionals and the public, including soundwalks Montreal, Amsterdam, and Boston, and a series of workshops on topics like the sounds pedestrianization. His portfolio includes projects in North America and Europe.

Daniel has a PhD from McGill’s School of Information Studies, where he studied with Dr. Catherine Guastavino. He was a recipient of the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy and the Archie Malloch Fellowship for his knowledge mobilization work. He also holds a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from McGill and is a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT). Prior to his PhD, Daniel trained in psychoacoustics, audio technology, and music at Stanford University and MIT. Before returning to academia, he worked on hearing aids, but his interest in cities steered him from technology development to the built environment.