Architects and acousticians must struggle to find a common framework in which to study and discuss topics of common concern. Each must realize that the final design of a space intended for people must incorporate features that meet requirements of visual aesthetics, functionalism, and audio communication.... These are spaces where people must work and communicate without extraneous and tiring interferences.
Robert E. Apfel, Deaf Architects & Blind
A Guide to the Principles of Sound Design
The following resources should help architects understand classroom
Deaf Architects and Blind Acousticians
Classroom Design for Good Hearing - PDF version
Classroom Acoustics Booklet I and II
ANSI Classroom Acoustics Standard S12.60
AIA Continuing Education
How to test noise levels in an empty classroom?
How to test for excessive reverberation?
How to find an acoustical expert?