Mark Craine

  • Principal
  • London

Mark joined Populous in 2000 to work on the Wembley National Stadium Project and since then has worked a large number of our highest profile projects including the ‘Estadio da Luz, in Portugal, the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal Football Club, Ascot Racecourse, the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, and most recently London 2012 Olympic Stadium.

Before his time at Populous, Mark worked abroad for two years in Berlin where he became involved in the Theatron Project which researched theatre design from Classicism to The Renaissance and documented as an online learning resource for The University of Warwick. In the UK Mark worked at Foster and Partners on the sensitive modernisation and restoration of HM Treasury building in Whitehall.

He has a broad range of technical and site experience which he has acquired whilst working on Projects such as Emirates Stadium which he joined at the master planning stage in 2001. Mark proved he was able to deal with several key elements of a stadium, managing the set out, coordinating the structure, bridges, seating bowl and pitch design. During his four years on this project he was able to see it through planning, detailed design, tender documentation and finally to construction on site.

Mark is one of the most experienced stadium architects within the practice and is always keen to take on new challenges to push the boundaries of stadium/sports design. He is a proficient seating bowl designer and has been involved in the development of parametric tools to improve bowl design and stadium design within the office.

He has shown himself to be a creative architect, able to solve problems on site, or find appropriate solutions to difficult challenges at feasibility stage.

Mark was responsible for the early concept designs for the new Aviva Stadium which replaced the original Lansdowne Road Stadium in Dublin. Working with the client bodies he assisted with the development of the brief and carried out to several feasibility studies to validate the proposed design. Following these initial stages planning permission was granted in 2006, and work began on site the following year.

In 2007 Mark joined the London 2012 Olympic Stadium Project. His role involved managing the extensive coordination of the structure and services design with the architectural design intent to ensure that it was technically correct and to the required architectural quality. This project required design and construction phases to be managed in parallel, the most significant being the separation of roof and bowl structures to allow one to be manufactured and built while the other was in design development. Mark has proven ability to lead the design, coordinate the work of consultants and contractors, and played a pivotal role within the Olympic Stadium team managing the delivery of the stadium to an accelerated construction program. The London 2012 Olympic Stadium was handed over to the client four months ahead of schedule and within budget.

Mark joined Populous in 2000 to work on the Wembley National Stadium Project and since then has worked a large number of our highest profile projects including the ‘Estadio da Luz, in Portugal, the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal Football Club, Ascot Racecourse, the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, and most recently London 2012 Olympic Stadium.

Before his time at Populous, Mark worked abroad for two years in Berlin where he became involved in the Theatron Project which researched theatre design from Classicism to The Renaissance and documented as an online learning resource for The University of Warwick. In the UK Mark Read More »

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