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WSDG Announces European Expansion

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Carlo Fickler of WSDG Germany

Dirk Noy, Walters-Storyk Design Group partner and European general manager based in Basel, Switzerland, announces the opening of new offices in Cologne, Germany, and Barcelona, Spain.

Carlo Fickler, a WSDG team member since 2006, will lead the Cologne branch. An expert in architectural acoustics and audio/visual technology integration, Fickler will concentrate his energies on existing projects and on expanding the firm's client base on the European continent.

In 2004, Fickler completed the interdisciplinary program in audio and video technology at the University of Applied Sciences and Robert Schumann college for music studies in Düsseldorf, Germany. Following a year as an assistant recording engineer in New York City and some freelance work as a sound engineer in Germany, he joined WSDG in Basel, Switzerland, in 2006.

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Marc Viadiu of WSDG Spain

WSDG’s Cologne branch is equipped with a full complement of advanced measurement equipment and software tools to analyze all room, structural and electro-acoustical issues. In keeping with the firm’s business plan, Fickler will interact with all international WSDG offices, and continue to lend his expertise to the firms’ global network of architectural and acoustical experts.

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Robert Alfageme of WSDG Spain

WSDG’s Barcelona satellite will be co-piloted by Marc Viadiu and Robert Alfageme. Viadiu studied Technical Engineering in Sound and Image, and Higher Engineering in Electronics, at Universitat Ramon Llull in Barcelona. After graduation he worked in an industrial acoustics company in Barcelona, before heading his own acoustic engineering and acoustic/audio product distribution firm. In 2009 Viadiu worked a six-month internship at WSDG's New York City office, where he focused on project drawing, acoustical measurements and room acoustical calculations. Viadiu returned to Spain in 2010.

Robert Alfageme studied architecture at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Spain, where he specialized in Acoustical Construction at the Sert School in Barcelona. Independent acoustical consultant assignments led to collaboration with Marc Viadiu, and on to their WSDG Spain association.

“Since opening our Swiss office with Dirk Noy in 1997, we have completed a number of high profile European assignments,” says WSDG co-principal John Storyk. “These range from Moscow’s VGTRK broadcast/recording complex, the Sunshine Mastering facility in Vienna, and the Swiss Parliament Building in Bern to Zurich International Airport. We are extremely enthusiastic about the potential of the European market and are confident our new German and Spanish offices will enable us to better serve the international corporate, institutional, recording and broadcast communities.”

Visit Walters-Storyk Design Group at www.wsdg.com.