Dan Meis, a former senior principal with Populous and designer behind one of the stadiums for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, will lead a new global sports division of Woods Bagot.
As global director of Woods Bagot Sport, Meis will expand his Los Angeles-based team to include design and technical experts in New York, London and Sydney.
The new group will continue Meis’s current projects including the new NFL Stadium at Grand Crossing in Los Angeles and a 50,000-seat, multi-use venue for the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Meis is also leading conceptual design efforts for a new stadium for soccer club AS Roma in Rome, Italy, and Sports City Stadium in Doha, Qatar, for the 2022 World Cup in association with Aedas.
Meis commented: “One challenge of being an expert in anything is recognising when to think outside the box of the proven approaches. And this 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.”
He continued: “We’ve tuned Woods Bagot Sport to deliver highly creative and innovative solutions that recognise the opportunity this evolving building type represents and help owners to develop new revenues.”
Meis was a co-founding partner of NBBJ Sports and Entertainment. In 2006, he was elected to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows, recognising his contribution to advancing the practice of sports architecture.