Woods Bagot recruits sports star Dan Meis
Woods Bagot has created a new specialist global sports division with Dan Meis at the helm
The practice, which is designing several major stadia around the world, is increasing its focus on sports design.
Meis will become global director of Woods Bagot Sport and add experts in New York, London and Sydney to his Los Angeles team.
He said: ‘The unprecedented sea change in the sports-entertainment experience – driven by advancing display and mobile technologies, social media and 24/7 sports networks – calls for fresh thinking.
‘We’ve tuned Woods Bagot Sport to deliver highly creative and innovative solutions that recognise the opportunity this evolving building type represents.’
Woods Bagot is working on an NFL Stadium at Grand Crossing in Los Angeles as well as a 50,000-seat, multi-use venue for the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
It is also carrying out conceptual design work for a new stadium for AS Roma in Italy, and Sports City Stadium in Doha ahead of the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Meis has twice made the Sports Business Journal 40 under 40 list, and in 2001 Time magazine named him among its 100 Innovators in the World of Sport.
Meis was a co-founding partner of NBBJ Sports and Entertainment and a senior principal with Populous.
In 2006, he was elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.
Q&A with Dan Meis
What are your plans for Woods Bagot Sport?
To create a truly global sports design practice. Traditionally Sports design has been tightly held by a handful of American firms, most originating in KC, Missouri. Populous has been one of the few firms to have a practice in numerous locations with global reach. With the huge growth in the market for sports design in the middle east, asia and south america it has never been more important to be a global player.
How will the new division help you achieve them?
Woods Bagot is a ideal model for a global architecture practice. With a 140 year history, and offices in Asia, Europe, Australia, Middle East, and America, the firm understands well the value of building centers of excellence in specific sectors and sharing resources and talent from around the firm. This allows me to build a highly skilled yet nimble practice of sports expertise but to tap into an already well established global network of offices. More than any firm I have ever been with, I can now offer world class sports design expertise, delivered locally. I believe it will be a differentiator in the market.