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Christopher is a Senior Principal of the London office of Populous.

Born on the east coast of Australia, Christopher and has degrees in both Design and Architecture.

He has worked around the world for major international sports clients and designing over 30 stadia on five continents; these projects include the renowned environmental pioneering main stadium for the Sydney Olympic in 2000, Europe’s first moving roof stadium the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales and the architecturally aclaimed Irish National Stadium (Aviva) Stadium in Dublin.

His project for the Arsenal Football Club’s Emirates Stadium is considered the benchmark in international football stadia design around the world; while the stadium is  considered by critics as one “the finest football stadium” winning numerous international architectural and planning awards, the design of the stadium has enabled Arsenal to double their match day revenues positioning the club as one of the powerhouses of European football.

Christopher spent six years in New York, establishing and leading the New York office of Populous. During this time he was responsible for leading the design of the AIA award winning 50,000 seat stadium for the Fútbol Club de Monterrey, in Monterrey, Mexico; the FIFA standard stadium for the American MLS team the Houston Dynamo in Houston, Texas and the 40,000 seat Estádio das Dunas for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. He has also worked on other public building types, including the Delhi Convention and Exhibition Centre in India and the Doha Education City Education Campus in Qatar.

He is a regular lecturer at the New York University Graduate School and guest critic at the Bartlett school of Architecture in London and the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture in New York.

Christopher is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world on the architecture of sports and entertainment buildings and their role in our cities and popular culture.

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