John Barrow

After gaining his Diploma of Architecture in 1973, John’s career path led to the UK, where he has built an impressive portfolio of sport and leisure projects in Britain, Europe, UAE, Russia and South Africa.

Some of the many exciting venues for which John was responsible include the 2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball Stadium, the acclaimed London O2 Arena, Belfast Odyssey Arena, Milton Keynes Stadium, Benfica and Faro Stadiums in Portugal, Dubai Autodrome, Soccer City Johannesburg, the 2006 Winter Olympics Speedskating Arena in Torino, the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone, the new Leeds Arena and the emerging Lyon Stadium.

Created in an historic building on the River Liffey, the design of the fan-shaped Dublin O2 Arena broke new ground in venue design. John has also been involved in the bids for several major international events including the London Olympics, Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Dubai’s bid for the World Expo 2020. John was Team Populous Principal in Charge of the master-planning and overlay team for the London Olympic Park and Olympic temporary venues and he was responsible for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Stadium and other Russian 2018 World Cup venues in Kazan and Rostov.

John has lectured  at many international conferences, giving the Arthur Boyd lecture in 2011, and he is now an adjunct professor at the Queensland University of Technology.

2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball Venue. Design Credit: Populous. Photography Credit: ?

2012 Olympic Beach Volleyball Venue. Design Credit: Populous.

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Dubai Autodrome. Design Credit: Populous.


London O2 Arena. Design Credit: Populous. Photography Credit: Chris Gascoigne