Senior Principal / Dubai
Ben has a great interest in leading design teams on large scale bespoke sports projects, having been involved with many successful sporting buildings around the world.
With a keen interest in all sporting codes, Ben’s design expertise includes football, rugby and athletics stadia and event overly design. This experience has culminated in a great degree of knowledge in the standards and requirements of all sport building types.
Ben’s early career was spent in Singapore and London. Since joining Populous in 1993 he has managed various projects through from sketch design to completion on site.
Ben is currently leading the team designing the new national stadium for the Fédération Francaise de Rugby. This 80,000-seat stadium to be built in Evry Centre Essonne south of Paris will have a closing roof and moving pitch to make it a multi-purpose venue as well as the new home of French rugby.
He led the team designing the temporary installation for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. Covering the design of the overlay at over 100 venues, this project included innovative ideas of how to design venues for the Olympics. He is now leading other event overlay projects in the region.
From 1996 to 1998 Ben lived in Sydney, Australia, where he led a team of architects and designers on ANZ Stadium, the main venue for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He also assisted in the development of the sustainable aspects of the stadium, which included some innovative low-energy technology.
From 1998 to 2007 Ben was project director in charge of the redevelopment of Wembley Stadium, guiding it through from initial briefing to completion on site. This 90,000 seat state-of-the-art stadium is a striking building and a highly successful venue for football, concerts and many other events.
Ben then led the team designing Aviva Stadium in Dublin (previously known as Lansdowne Road) – Ireland’s new 50,000-seat venue for international Rugby and Football matches and concerts. This is a truly site-responsive stadium and a major landmark in the city.
Ben has a broad range of technical and managerial experience as well as a depth of detailed sports knowledge. He sits on the CEN committee writing technical standards for the design of sports buildings throughout Europe, and is one of the authors of the 5th Edition of “Stadia: the Populous Design and Development Guide”.