Jochem Veerman

  • Associate
  • Brisbane

“Standing on the side of the road as Miguel Indurain made his decisive break away from Greg LeMond on the climb up the Tourmalet in the 1991 Tour de France. He won his first yellow jersey that day and would wear it for the remainder of the Tour, claiming his first of five overall wins.”

Jochem was born in The Netherlands, where he graduated from Delft University of Technology in 2002. He moved to Australia in 2008, joining Populous to work on the design documentation of Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand. This 30,000 capacity stadium is unique in featuring the world’s first natural pitch under a fixed roof. Its complex structure, the seismic properties of the location and the extensive use of air-filled ETFE cladding makes it one of Populous’ most challenging projects. Jochem led the project during its construction phase. The stadium opened in 2011, in time to host four Rugby World Cup matches. It received public praise from spectators and players for its atmosphere, viewing and playing conditions.

Before joining Populous, Jochem spent six years working as an airport architect for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the world’s 12th largest airport at the time. In this position he oversaw a wide range of complex projects, including terminal extensions and new passenger lounges, from inception through to completion.

Within his first year with Populous, Jochem made his mark by becoming the first winner of the Populous Research Fellowship which allowed him to study the architectural and technological aspects of retractable roof stadiums. Beside his work on the project in Dunedin, Jochem has been involved in Auckland’s Eden Park redevelopment, the new Metricon Stadium on Australia’s Gold Coast and the Aquatic Centre of the new Datong Sports Park in China. He currently works on the redevelopment of Sydney Showground, which is being transformed from a 12,000 seat baseball arena into a 25,000 seat AFL stadium. The redevelopment includes two new grandstands, two 60m light towers and Australia’s largest video screen. It is due for completion in May 2012 and will be known as Skoda Stadium.

“Standing on the side of the road as Miguel Indurain made his decisive break away from Greg LeMond on the climb up the Tourmalet in the 1991 Tour de France. He won his first yellow jersey that day and would wear it for the remainder of the Tour, claiming his first of five overall wins.”

Jochem was born in The Netherlands, where he graduated from Delft University of Technology in 2002. He moved to Australia in 2008, joining Populous to work on the design documentation of Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand. This 30,000 capacity stadium is unique in Read More »

Work

Spotless Stadium

  • Sydney
  • 2012