Populous teams up with Jump Studios
Populous, the world-leading sport and entertainment architecture and design practice, is pleased to announce its merger with Jump Studios, an award-winning architecture and interior design practice based in London.
The strategic partnership will see Populous and Jump Studios continue to operate as separate practices, joining forces where new projects and existing clients will derive benefit from a broader spectrum of creative disciplines.
A shared belief in the power of design to elevate everyday experiences, creating places where people love to be together, has been the catalyst for the union of the two companies. Together they will combine their respective strengths and expertise to deliver a superior range of design solutions to an impressive client list of global brands and rights holders.
With more than three decades and 2,000 projects under its belt, Populous’ portfolio comprises over 90 global events including 10 Olympic Games and spectacles such as the NFL Super Bowl. Venues designed by Populous around the world have become household names including Wembley, Yankee and the 2012 London Olympic stadiums, along with world-class entertainment venues like Philippine Arena, Darling Harbour Live and the O2 Arena in London.
Its global team of 500 staff combines architecture, masterplanning and urban design, event design and planning, and brand activation to provide an unrivalled offer to the sports and entertainment sectors from offices in London, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Singapore, Auckland, Boston, Knoxville, Norman, Denver, San Francisco and Kansas City.
Jump Studios was established in 2001 and is recognised for its award-winning work in high-concept interiors, installations and architectural design. Encompassing retail, workspace, exhibition, brand experience, pop-up, restaurant and bar design, Jump Studios have established an impressive client list including Google, Nike, Rapha, Levi Strauss, Mother, Red Bull, Publicis, Innocent Smoothies, Yahoo!, Saatchi & Saatchi, The Ministry of Sound, Bloomberg, Starwood Hotels and FIAT. Jump Studios was named Interior Architect of the Year by Building Design in 2013.
The merger with Populous will enable Jump Studios to extend both the geographical reach and scale of the projects it targets, finding new and creative ways for brands and clients to connect with their audiences. Its expansion will continue to be led by its two founding principals, Simon Jordan and Shaun Fernandes.
Speaking about the merger, Simon Jordan, Director and co-founder of Jump Studios said: “‘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 said: “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.”
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