Populous Expands Global Footprint to New York City

February 2, 2016


Populous, a global architecture and design firm, today announced the opening of a new office in New York City to be led by architect Jonathan Mallie. The New York office will focus on a wide range of project types and services including sports and entertainment venues, convention centers, hospitality architecture and interior design. This New York expansion, at 475 Fifth Avenue, is Populous’ fourth expansion in the United States in the past 24 months.

“Establishing a New York presence is an opportunity to further integrate the firm’s expertise with fresh thinking and expand our platform for cutting-edge design in the city that I love,” said Mallie.

Jonathan Mallie’s accomplishments in architecture have been strengthened by the use of advanced technology and innovations in project delivery. Prior to joining Populous, he served as a Principal at another firm in New York, where he helped lead various projects such as the award-winning Barclays Center, the mixed-use Miami Innovation District and Nassau Coliseum. Commercial, residential and academic projects located throughout the US, Africa and Asia also form part of his portfolio. He is currently leading Populous’ design team for a new state-of-the-art public amphitheater and training facility for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“With Jonathan at the helm, our New York presence puts our stake in the ground for design and thought leadership, provides us access to some of the finest designers in the country, and allows us to deepen relationships with and meet the needs of our industry friends and clients,” said Earl Santee, FAIA, Populous Americas Managing Director and Senior Principal.

Originally known for its sports portfolio, Populous has become a leader in convention center design and added capabilities in aviation, campus planning and landscape architecture along with hospitality design and brand activation services. The firm has also established itself as a world leader in event design, having planned 13 Olympic Games, 18 MLB All-Star Games, and the last 31 NFL Super Bowls. Recognized in New York City for such landmarks as Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, Populous’ international achievements include The London 2012 Olympic Stadium and Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg. “As architects, we are constantly challenged to create exceptional civic structures that connect our communities. This has been the heart of Populous’ practice for decades,” said Mallie.

The opening of the New York office continues Populous’ expansion plan over the past 24 months which includes new offices in Boston, San Francisco and Pittsburgh.

“New York brings great promise to the future of Populous,” said Santee. “We are committed to bringing together the best designers who share our passion for creating the places where people love to be together.”


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