With plenty of football-stadium work in its portfolio, sports-architecture firm Populous is opening a Dallas office led by designers Byron Chambers and Jonathan Kelley.
“Having a physical presence in the Texas market has been on our radar for many years; it is indicative of our desire to continually adapt to changing market needs,” said Populous Americas Managing Director and Senior Principal Earl Santee, FAIA. “The stars aligned for us in finding Byron and Jonathan and with their leadership, we will now have a nucleus of talented designers who all unite under the same desire to create the places where people love to be together.”
Chambers and Kelley, along with their team in Dallas, will be integral in connecting Populous to opportunities throughout the southern United States as well as Latin and South America.
“What attracted us to Populous, in addition to its massive brand recognition and design expertise, was our alignment with Populous’ cultural values around client service,” said Kelley. “We have always admired Populous’ focus on relationships, ideas and design, and we look forward to expanding those standards within the footprint of the South.”
Chambers and Kelley will lead a Dallas staff of eight, with the plans for Populous to continue to grow its presence much as it has done with other upstart markets across the Americas.
“Very few firms have the reputation Populous does,” said Chambers. “As designers, we will accept the challenge of creating the places that connect our communities; iconic buildings where lifetime memories are made.”
Chambers brings 16 years of experience to Populous and is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental design and a master’s degree in architecture. Kelley has 24 years of experience in sports architecture and has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Iowa State University. At previous firms, Chambers and Kelley have worked on such award-winning projects as the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick spring-training ballpark for the Diamondbacks and Rockies. Their clients also include many universities, including Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Texas Christian University.