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Populous announces merger with Jump Studios

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Sport and entertainment expert, Populous, has agreed a merger with London-based architecture and interior design practice, Jump Studios.

The deal will see both firms continuing as separate practices, but joining together to collaborate on projects requiring a broader range of disciplines.

A joint statement said that the move will mean Jump Studios can extend both the geographical reach and scale of the projects it targets.

Simon Jordan, Director and co-founder of Jump Studios, commented:

There are clear synergies between Jump Studios and Populous with regard to how we see the role of architecture in framing and elevating experiences. There is increasing demand from clients to provide more user-centered, engaging and rewarding experiences, whether they be for places of leisure or work. We both have strong competencies in our respective fields and by joining forces these competencies can be leveraged to the greater benefit of our clients

Nick Reynolds, Senior Principal at Populous, added:

We have long admired Jump Studios’ work and believe this is a strategic opportunity for both companies, and more importantly, for our clients. Bringing people together in the 21st century requires greater imagination and innovation than ever before. It demands creative and exciting solutions that will enhance people’s lives. With a shared ethos and collaborative processes, together Populous and Jump Studios will create great places and experiences for a wide range of clients.

Populous was founded in 1983 and has a staff of 500. The firm has an international workload that combines architecture, masterplanning, urban design, event design and planning, as well as brand activities. With offices in London, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Singapore, Auckland, Boston, Knoxville, Norman, Denver, San Francisco and Kansas City, the practice has worked on a number of major global sporting events, including ten Olympic Games and the NFL Super Bowl, as well as on the designs of venues including Wembley Stadium, London 2012 Olympic Stadium, The O2 Arena, Yankee Stadium and Darling Harbour Live.

Jump Studios was established in 2001 and focuses on interiors, installations and architectural design, encompassing retail, workspace, exhibition, brand experience, pop-up, restaurant and bar design. Its client roster includes firms such as Google, Nike, Rapha, Levi Strauss, Mother, Red Bull, Publicis, Innocent Smoothies, Yahoo!, Saatchi & Saatchi, The Ministry of Sound, Bloomberg, Starwood Hotels and FIAT. Its expansion will continue to be led by its two founding principals, Simon Jordan and Shaun Fernandes.

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HOK comes off the bench as it acquires 360 Architecture

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Architecture giant HOK has agreed to acquire the award-winning design firm 360 Architecture, re-establishing HOK in the sports and entertainment facility design sector and giving the firm a significant new presence in Kansas City, USA.

Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, HOK chairman and CEO said:

As a global design leader, it’s important for HOK to offer clients design excellence in sports architecture. 360 Architecture has created several of the world’s most innovative professional and collegiate sports facilities and their design-focused culture and values align with ours. Together, we will design the next generation of sports and entertainment facilities.

After starting HOK Sport in 1983, HOK became a pioneer in redefining sports facilities and the fan experience. HOK spun off its sports practice in 2008 and now expects to move back into the sector, finalising the acquisition of 360 Architecture by October.

Brad Schrock, AIA, senior principal at 360 Architecture, said:

Joining HOK enables us to take advantage of an exceptionally strong global platform and to expand our sports facility design practice while offering our clients additional expertise in other markets. We expect continued long-term growth.

John Rhodes, HOK’s director of sports and entertainment architecture in London, explained:

The next generation of sports and entertainment venues will benefit from a deeper understanding of the complexities of the sports business and the importance of brand celebration, loyalty and place. Future sports facilities will need to be integrated with other community facilities including parks, colleges, offices and hotels. With the addition of the 360 team, HOK will be one of the few firms in the world that can bring highly specialised design leaders in all these areas to a project.

Tom Waggoner, AIA, senior principal at 360 Architecture, added:

Our shared vision of collaborating across specialties and markets will strengthen the approach that has been so important to our clients’ success. Joining HOK also gives our dedicated, talented employees even more opportunities for growth, education and diversity in their careers. HOK is a great fit for our clients, our people and the Kansas City area.

Along with Schrock and Waggoner, 360 Architecture senior principals who will join HOK include George Heinlein, AIA, William Johnson, AIA, Tracy Stearns and Chris Trainer. In January 2014, John Rhodes, who collaborated on the design of the Dubai World Expo 2020 Bid Master Plan with HOK, joined HOK as a director of sports and entertainment architecture in London. In December 2013, architecture and interior design firm BBG-BBGM’s New York and Shanghai employees joined HOK to elevate the firm’s hospitality practice.

360 Architecture’s wide-ranging work includes designing soccer stadiums in Iraq (pictured). The firm is participating on design teams for a retractable-roof, multipurpose stadium in Atlanta, which will be home to the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons and a Major League Soccer expansion team; the renovation of Sun Life Stadium for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins; the Rogers Place arena for the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers in Edmonton, Alberta; the AT&T Center renovation for the National Basketball Association’s San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio, Texas; the design of Cisco Field, a proposed new ballpark for Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics in San Jose, California; and a new stadium for the MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes.

In the higher education sector, 360 Architecture is playing a major role in the design of Notre Dame University’s Campus Crossroads project in South Bend, Indiana, and the Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center at the University of Portland. The firm recently completed the design of recreation and wellness centers at Auburn University’s main campus in Auburn and at its campus in Montgomery, Alabama. In addition, 360 Architecture is involved in creating athletic facility master plans for the University of Missouri and the University of North Carolina.

IOC President Dr. Thomas Bach is IAKS Congress patron

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Dr. Thomas Bach, the new President of the International Olympic Committee will be patron of the 23rd IAKS Congress on the Design, Construction, Modernization and Management of Sports and Leisure Facilities, Cologne, 22nd to 25th October 2013. The IAKS is the only non-profit organization concerned globally with the subject of sports and leisure facility development and has therefore been awarded the status of a Recognized Organization by the IOC.

Progression in inclusive design at the London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Games, A sustainable approach to a community centre, Developing new facilities for outdoor activities, are just three of the many topics on the agenda of this year’s IAKS Congress. The renowned IAKS event is being held parallel to the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports, and Pool Facilities in Cologne from 22nd to 25th October 2013. Seminars, workshops and exclusive interviews will again ensure that Cologne becomes an international meeting-place for everything to do with sports facilities, swimming pools, amenity areas and urban design.