International Architects, Populous, officially recognised for innovation

The global architecture firm, Populous, has been named in the top 20 of BRW’s 50 Most Innovative companies 2015 in Australia.

Populous, with its main Australasian bases in Sydney and Brisbane, came in 16th in BRW’s list of 50 Most Innovative Companies. BRW evaluates hundreds of applications each year considering a range of measures such as formal innovation process and employee engagement.

The BRW List focused on Populous’ innovation with its design of the world’s largest indoor arena, Philippine Arena, which opened in Manila in 2014. The 50,000 seat indoor arena required innovative thinking to deal with not only the vast scale of the building, but the technical challenges created by the brief to achieve a single focal point, at the front of the arena.

Populous head of Australian projects, Senior Principal Richard Breslin, said Populous believed the design solutions for a building the scale and size of Philippine Arena have taken arena design a step forward.

“Innovation is part of our global DNA, an essential element of our culture. Everyone at Populous has a number on their timesheet specifically for allocating time to innovation. We actively invest in our staff from the most senior to the most junior, to collaborate across our global offices to develop ideas.  We consciously empower our people with the freedom to think and engage at whatever scale, across whatever discipline. With our Clients, innovation is a priority from the very first workshop,” he said.

To find out more about the evaluation of the BRW’s Most Innovative Companies List please click here.

To view the full list of BRW’s 50 Most Innovative Companies please click here.

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