Appointment of John Rhodes Expands HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment Practice in London
Rhodes has extensive experience in the design of sport and entertainment facilities including arenas and stadia, conference and exhibition centers, horse racing tracks and performance training facilities.
While with his previous firm, Rhodes led the design of the award-winning First Direct Arena in Leeds, Yorkshire, which opened in 2013 as a new global benchmark for arena design and entertainment-led regeneration. Rhodes, who has a reputation as a leader in the design of motor sport infrastructure, also led the design of the new Silverstone Circuit and pits facility in Northamptonshire. He recently collaborated with HOK on the master plan for Dubai’s winning bid for the World Expo in 2020.
“We have known John and admired his work for many years, and have always been impressed with his visionary ideas and exciting, imaginative projects,” said Daniel Hajjar, managing principal for HOK’s European practice. “I am delighted that he has chosen to work with us in London to help expand our skills in many areas, including sport and entertainment facilities, urban design and regeneration, and mixed-use developments that require the collective expertise of HOK’s design specialists.”
“The next generation of entertainment and sport facilities will be much more integrated,” said Rhodes. “As one of the strongest global brands in the design of these facilities, HOK is positioned to bring great value to clients by drawing on our world-class, market-focused planning and design leaders – experts in retail, transportation, education and healthcare, for example – to create new synergies.”