Populous Moves to the West Coast

26 Sep

Deal: Populous and Dan Meis Architects

Date: Sept. 22

Comments: Architecture giant Populous is opening a West Coast office and has hired Dan Meis to helm the operation.

While with firm NBBJ, Meis designed the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and his practice, Meis Architects, is responsible for designing a yet-to-be-built $600 million stadium in Eastern Los Angeles that could potentially serve as the home of a relocated NFL franchise (or two).

He brings that project to Populous, where he joins the firm as senior principal, along with a soccer stadium in Doha, Qatar, that will be built in hopes of luring the World Cup in 2022.

“I’ve competed with HOK (the company’s former name) for a long time and I was really intrigued by its repositioning” 18 months ago, he said. “They understand that it’s really about creating places where people want to be and focusing on environments that people want to visit. It puts a new meaning on what it means to be a designer of these facilities.”

He plans to open the L.A. office in either Santa Monica or Venice Beach, and retain his practice’s “funky, West Coast vibe” with surfboards on the wall and the occasional dog hanging out in the office.

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