Designing places that deliver unforgettable experiences.
We believe that great architecture connects emotionally to the people that use it. For over 40 years and with thousands of built projects, Populous has designed and delivered some of the world’s most memorable civic, sports and entertainment buildings, from iconic stadiums to ground-breaking live music venues.

The buildings that Populous designs are formidable in both scale and complexity, and our experience in bringing tens of thousands of people together in one space is unrivaled. We offer a unique approach to the design of our projects, marrying unsurpassed technical expertise with internationally recognized design capability. Complex projects require a truly integrated design strategy, with the synthesis of multiple design disciplines into a singular bold, beautiful and intelligent design. Our culturally diverse team of architects and designers work from offices across the world to bring a unique combination of international and local expertise to their work — ensuring ever more unique, innovative and thoughtful outcomes for every project.  

Our designers consistently challenge expectations, whether it’s the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield, which created a new model for stadium design back in 1994, or TQL Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium setting new standards in MLS and the Premier League, or beyond to Sphere — an entertainment venue that defies belief inside and out — and Qiddiya Stadium in Saudi Arabia, where digital evolution will result in a fan experience unlike any seen before. The way we watch sport and entertainment is constantly changing, and we must change with it, pushing past the boundaries of what was previously thought possible.

How We Do It

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    Designing for the experience

    Our design process starts with the experience of the end-user. By envisioning the journey of every individual who will interact with the space, from spectators to performers, we create venues that resonate on a personal level. This approach ensures that our projects are not just seen and admired but felt and remembered.

    As technology advances and the way fans engage with live events evolves, the architecture evolves too. More and more, the live experience is shifting towards both a physical and a digital space, and our venues are becoming more virtually connected than ever before.

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    Creative collaboration

    Populous thrives on collaboration. Our projects are the result of a synergistic process that involves close interaction with clients, stakeholders, and communities, using intelligent diagramming to demonstrate the development of our designs.

    This collaborative ethos extends to our internal practices, where knowledge and expertise are shared across the globe, grounding our solutions in a wealth of diverse experiences.

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    A commitment to sustainability

    Every Populous project is designed with sustainability at its core, reflecting our commitment to the future of our planet and the communities we serve. By respecting and responding to the local context — culturally, environmentally, and socially — we ensure that our venues stand the test of time to become integral parts of their surroundings.

    It’s this thinking that led us to create the world’s first zero-carbon-certified arena, the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle.

More projects

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  • Sydney, Australia 1999 Accor Stadium
  • Calgary, Canada 2024 BMO Centre
  • New York City, United States 2009 Citi Field
  • Fort Collins, United States 2017 Colorado State University Canvas Stadium
  • Milwaukee, United States 2018 Fiserv Forum
  • Lyon, France 2016 Groupama Stadium and Training Centre
  • Sydney, Australia 2016 ICC Sydney
  • Kowloon, Hong Kong TBC Kai Tak Sports Park
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2017 KL Sports City
  • Fort Myers, United States 2012 JetBlue Park at Fenway South
  • Beijing, China 2021 National Speed Skating Oval
  • Oklahoma City, United States 2020 Oklahoma City Convention Center
  • Sacramento, United States 2021 SAFE Credit Union Convention Center
  • Las Vegas, United States 2016 T-Mobile Arena
  • College Station, United States 2015 Texas A&M Kyle Field
  • Cincinnati, United States 2021 TQL Stadium
  • London, United Kingdom 2007 Wembley Stadium
  • Coffs Harbour, Australia 2022 Wiigulga Sports Complex
  • New York City, United States 2009 Yankee Stadium

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