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Richard Breslin

  • Senior Principal
  • Auckland, Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Melbourne, New Delhi, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei

‘First major sporting event- 1979, Liverpool, watching Everton play someone with my father. Can’t remember much of the game, but the singing, the songs- I was amazed by the pure passion and dedication of the ‘fan’. Changed my view on what sport was, how the individual can get so engaged with the masses.

The opportunity to work at 3 Superbowls- Houston 2004, Jacksonville 2005, and Miami 2007. The pinnacle of any single event. Post game being able to have our party on the field of play, in a totally empty venue. Pretty special.

First FA Cup final in the new Wembley Stadium in 2007 with my father. Dad flew in from Brisbane for the weekend to watch it. We had a great time together with people who had shared the journey. Nice way to finish over 6 years involvement in making it happen, despite the heartache…’

Richard is a Senior Principal at Populous and a Director of the Australasian Office. He is responsible for all projects in Australia and New Zealand and based in Sydney.

He is currently Project Director of Darling Harbour Live, the new Sydney Convention Exhibition and Entertainment Centre.

Richard has been with Populous for 20 years and during that time has worked on some of the world’s most iconic stadia, sometimes in the difficult role of client representative such as on Wembley Stadium.

His first project was on the design team of ANZ Stadium. He then moved to London to work on Wembley Stadium and then Soccer City in Johannesburg, for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He was also project leader for the London 2012 Olympic Park masterplan.

Back in Australasia, Richard then led the teams on the design of Eden Park redevelopment in Auckland and Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. In 2010 he led the team for the redevelopment of Margaret Court Arena, and subsequently won the next phase of the masterplan for Melbourne Olympic Park.

‘First major sporting event- 1979, Liverpool, watching Everton play someone with my father. Can’t remember much of the game, but the singing, the songs- I was amazed by the pure passion and dedication of the ‘fan’. Changed my view on what sport was, how the individual can get so engaged with the masses.

The opportunity to work at 3 Superbowls- Houston 2004, Jacksonville 2005, and Miami 2007. The pinnacle of any single event. Post game being able to have our party on the field of play, in a totally empty venue. Pretty special.

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Work

Melbourne and Olympic Parks Redevelopment

  • Melbourne
  • 2014

Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games

  • Sydney
  • 2000

Perth Major Stadium PDP

  • Perth
  • 2012

Eden Park

  • Auckland
  • 2010

Claudelands Arena

  • Hamilton
  • 2000

Posts

Appearances

Publications

The future of the fan experience

November 07, 2012
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With the access and availability of this technology the design thinking must elevate the focus toward more adaptive buildings that…

The Power of Events

August 29, 2012
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The London Olympics were magnificent and I don’t think there is any question that they demonstrated the positive effect a…