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British Architect elected to International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) Hall of Fame

The International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) has announced that Populous Senior Adviser, Geraint John, has been elected to the IAKS Hall of Fame, as one of its inaugural members. The IAKS Hall of Fame has been established to mark the 50th anniversary of the Association, which has more than 1,000 members spread across 110 countries and all five continents. The purpose of the IAKS Hall of Fame is to pay tribute to personalities for outstanding services to IAKS or to sports facilities during the past 50 years.

Geraint John has been a Senior Adviser to Populous from 1996 to the present day, during which time the global sports design and architecture practice has delivered three Olympic stadia (Sydney 2000, London 2012 and Sochi 2014) and countless major event designs.

His international experience and expertise includes service as the Chief Architect and Head of the Technical Unit for Sport at the Great Britain Sports Council, as well as being Honorary Life President of the International Union of Architects’ (UIA) Sports and Leisure Programme Group. In 2014 he was awarded the International Olympic Committee’s Pierre de Coubertin medal in recognition of his outstanding services to the Olympic Movement; the first Briton to be recognised with this award.

Along with his practice work, Geraint is a visiting Professor at the Universities of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and the Universidad Camilo Jose Cela in Madrid. He has written numerous articles for professional journals, and has spoken at countless conferences and seminars, both in the United Kingdom and overseas.

Image: Geraint John. Courtesy: Populous.

About Populous

From the Premier League to the Super Bowl and Olympic Games, Populous helps the world’s biggest teams, clubs and events build lasting connections with their communities. An international architecture and design practice with over thirty years’ experience of drawing people together, our designs for places like Yankee Stadium, the Sydney and London Olympic stadiums help to create emotional connections between people and the places and events they love best.

With involvement in ten Olympic Games, six FIFA World Cups and thirty one NFL Super Bowls, Populous has experience in sports, events and brand activation on the biggest global stages. We love helping our clients draw people together.

About IAKS

The International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) was founded in 1965. It is the only non-profit organisation concerned globally with the subject of sports and leisure facility development and has been awarded the status of a Recognised Organisation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

IAKS has about 1,000 members in 110 countries worldwide, which spread across all five continents. Starting with virtually all European countries, the IAKS network extends to Australia, New Zealand, Japan and China, as well as to Russia, Namibia, Chile and the whole of North America.