Design firm Populous has opened a new office in Tokyo, Japan, expanding its global footprint to 15 offices worldwide.

The location will mark Populous’ sixth in the Asia-Pacific region, with the firm currently working with the Olympic and Paralympic Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 2020 event held in Tokyo.

Since 2015, Populous has been advising the LOC on the planning and design for all competition venues and several major non-competition venues. The firm’s role is to ensure each venue will comply with criteria mandated by the International Olympic Committee and International Federations.

“Japan offers a wealth of opportunity – strong culture, burgeoning sports scene, global tourist destination,” said Jeff Keas, Populous senior principal. “The world’s stage will shine its light here soon and we welcome an opportunity to share with Japanese community our design and event overlay expertise.”

Meanwhile, Populous has also been working with Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, a Japanese Pacific League of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) team, as it seeks a new ballpark.

The firm recently released renderings of the proposed stadium within a mixed-use entertainment district.

“Our work to date has been focused on how to create a venue master plan that fits within the highly complex urban context of Tokyo as it relates to a multi-layered system of transportation, security, open space, credentialed access, services and the overall experience for all spectators and fans,” said Mako Ihara, project manager for Populous Japan. “This global expertise Populous brings to large-scale events and venues will make the 2020 Games a spectacular event.”

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