D.C. United

Today, Kansas City, Mo.–based sporting facility and arena specialists Populous has announced the opening of a regional office in Dallas. Populous, which initially operated as HOK's sports venue practice before breaking off as an independent entity in 2009, began with nine offices around the world. The new Dallas office is the architecture and design practice's eighth U.S. outpost, and its 15th office worldwide. In the last three years, Populous has opened offices in New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco.

“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, in a press release.

The new eight-person studio will be led by Byron Chambers and Jonathan Kelley, AIA, both previously of Gensler. Together, they will help to extend Populous' business in the Southern U.S. as well as in Central and South America.

“The stars aligned for us in finding Byron and Jonathan and with their leadership," Santee continued. "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.”

“What attracted us to Populous ... was our alignment with Populous’ cultural values around client service,” Kelley said in the release. “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.”

This story has been updated since its original publication. Populous has 15 offices worldwide and eight offices in the U.S.