• One of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World

  • First Stadium to Win RIBA Building of the Year

  • Best Arenas and Stadiums in America

Innovators from the beginning

Over the years, our entrepreneurial spirit has shaped a reputation for pushing the limits of what is possible. We’ve come a long way since our early roots as HOK Sport Venue Event and LOBB Partnership in the 1980s, becoming Populous in 2009. The result is a history full of firsts and award-winning work, including more than 250 global design awards for our work in 34 countries.

Our Founders

From Oriole Park at Camden Yards to Wembley Stadium and ICC Sydney, the values of our founding partners have stood the test of time.

Our People

More than 700 of us, spanning continents and cultures, pour our talents into our work every day.

  • 34
    American Institute of Architects awards
  • 15
    International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities awards
  • 1
    Royal Institute of British Architects Building of the Year award
  • 1
    Royal Australian Institute of Architects International Building of the Year award
Notable Project Awards
TQL Stadium
Best Venue of the Year, World Football Summit Awards
ICC Sydney
Best Public Building and Best Tourism & Leisure Development, Property Council of Australia
Forsyth Barr Stadium
Public Architecture, New Zealand Institute of Architects Southern Region
London Olympic Stadium
National RIBA Award
Nanjing Sports Park
IOC/IAKs Award, Gold Medal
Climate Pledge Arena
Facility of the Year, Sports Business Journal
MLB at Field of Dreams
Event of the Year, Sports Business Journal
Wembley Stadium
Supreme Award, LABC National Built in Quality Awards
Hong Kong Stadium
IOC/IAKs Award, Gold Medal
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Urban Design Award, American Institute of Architects
Soccer City
World’s Best Sport Building, World Architecture Festival Awards
Wimbledon Centre Court
Innovation of the Year, Stadium Business Awards