Populous: Olympic Architect Firm Opens Asia Pacific HQ on Adelaide Street

Populous, the architectural firm that designed the Olympic venues in London and Tokyo, has established its new Asia Pacific headquarters at the Collin House on Adelaide Street. 

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the company during a special ceremony held at the office in early March as Brisbane hopes to bid as host for the 2032 Olympics. 

The new office, which will be purpose-built, will have 100 local workers. Populous, however, has been working with Brisbane for some time as the company designed Suncorp Stadium, Metricon Stadium and the Queensland Tennis Centre at Tennyson. 

“We have been growing our business from Brisbane for 20 years and we are very proud to take this step to recommit our Asian headquarters to Queensland,” Populous Managing Director Paul Henry said.

“This is an exciting day for our staff and clients, and we are very much looking forward to continuing to collaborate across the globe as we have done well before COVID-19 on exciting projects that bring people together in moments of celebration.”

Ms Palaszczuk said that Adelaide Street will be the main headquarters in the Asia Pacific region. 

“[This] is a proud and timely moment for the owners and staff, working on the very best of Olympic and other worldwide projects from new premises right here in Brisbane,” the premier said. 

Photo Credit: Populous

It comes as Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner announced that Brisbane City Council voted “yes” to submit a bid for the 2032 Olympics, which will open thousands of opportunities for jobs, sporting and infrastructure upgrades.