Populous has appointed former Allies and Morrison big hitter Ashley Munday to lead its newly formed masterplanning unit
Munday spent eight years at Allies and Morrison, heading up its masterplanning and urban architecture group, and working on schemes such as the Brent Cross Cricklewood masterplan, the new Heart of Doha in Qatar and a strategic plan for the City of Perm in Russia.
Munday, who worked at Populous in its previous incarnation as HOK Sport, will be principal of the masterplanning team, which Populous say will build on the company’s ‘strong position in masterplanning and urban design for sports and entertainment venues.’
Among the practice’s current projects are the London 2012 Olympic Park masterplan, Sochi 2014 Olympic Park masterplan (pictured) and Silverstone masterplan.
‘I am excited about returning to Populous in my newly created role,’ said Munday. ‘As part of the new masterplanning team I aim to bring my urbanism and architectural experience to Populous’ work on a wide, strategic level, as well as to the architectural projects undertaken by the practice.’
Rod Sheard, senior principal at Populous, said the practice was seeing an increased workload in planning and the infrastructure of the regions in which they are building sporting venues.
‘As a result we have created our new masterplanning team to strengthen our existing ability to assist clients in this area,’ said Sheard.
Speaking about Munday’s arrival, he said: ‘Adding an individual of Munday’s calibre is of great benefit to both our clients and project teams. With the addition of his extensive experience in masterplanning and urban design we will be able to continue helping our clients plan for and execute the integration of sporting and entertainment venues in their communities.’