Tom Jones

  • Senior Principal
  • London

Tom is a Senior Principal in the London office of Populous.

He has a keen interest in how sports and cultural buildings can enhance cities and has played a leading role in the design and delivery of a number of high-profile projects, including the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal FC and the Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Olympic Games. He also has a great passion for sport and has been able to use this in a wide variety of projects around the world.

Before joining the firm in 2003, Tom was involved in the design of a variety of international projects. These included the Theatre Royal in Gibraltar, Zanadu Snow Centre in Taiwan, Brighton Dome and Museum in the UK and the masterplanning of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.

Tom started his career at Populous by working on the design of the new 60,000 seat Emirates Stadium, together with the adjacent Headquarters building for Arsenal FC. The new Stadium acts as a catalyst for urban regeneration within a much wider masterplan and has helped to transform the financial situation of the football club. After leading the design and tender phases of the new Headquarters building, Tom was responsible for delivering the final construction stages of the main stadium – on budget and ahead of time.

In 2005, Tom travelled over to Antigua to work on the initial design proposals for the Viv Richards Stadium, which was being built to host matches in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup. The stadium was designed with a permanent capacity of 10,000 seats, but with the ability to add temporary seating to increase the capacity to 20,000 seats for the World Cup.

Tom then spent a year overseas working on the bid for the Singapore Sports Hub – the largest sports facility private-public-partnership project in the world. The brief was to develop a fully integrated sports, lifestyle and entertainment hub for the region.

Following his return to London, Tom joined the London Olympic Stadium team, taking responsibility for design delivery and securing planning permission for the project. This involved coordinating the work of a large design team, as well as undertaking extensive public consultation on the design proposals. The Stadium was completed ahead of schedule and will act as the centrepiece of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In recent years Tom has also gained valuable experience on the design and operation of major sports events, having been a member of the venue operations team for Super Bowls XLIV and XLV in Miami and Dallas respectively, as well as assisting the NFL in their regular season American Football match at Wembley Stadium.

In addition to his responsibilities for business development, Tom is also a guest tutor at London Metropolitan University and acts as a mentor to their students. He has spoken at a range of conferences and events around the world on the sustainability of sports and entertainment buildings and is driven by an ambition to design and realise responsible, dynamic architecture – based on specialist research that he has undertaken in environmental design.

Tom is a Senior Principal in the London office of Populous.

He has a keen interest in how sports and cultural buildings can enhance cities and has played a leading role in the design and delivery of a number of high-profile projects, including the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal FC and the Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Olympic Games. He also has a great passion for sport and has been able to use this in a wide variety of projects around the world.

Before joining the firm in 2003, Tom was involved in the design of a variety of international projects. Read More »

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The Year of Populous

August 29, 2014

Credited with the design of some of the world’s most iconic stadiums, specialist sports architectural firm Populous continues to build…

Back to the Future

May 02, 2014
Fisht Olympic Stadium designed by Populous

At the recent Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, the opening and closing ceremonies dazzled audiences around the world. Spectacular, theatrical…

A Decade In The Making

July 23, 2013
London 2012 Olympic Stadium

When, as a host city, you first start thinking about an Olympic masterplan, the numbers are staggering: 26 Olympic sports…