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Chris DeVolder AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP

Director of Sports + Recreation + Entertainment
“We are always thinking about what we can do to attract people to a space—and ensure we give them a memorable experience.”

Chris is a director of HOK’s global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment group, with a special emphasis on soccer venues. Based in Kansas City, he is also a member of HOK’s board of directors and management board.

As a longtime leader of the Sports + Recreation +Entertainment practice, Chris has helped advance how architects and designers approach the programming, design, construction and operations of sports venues. A recognized thought leader for sustainability, he has contributed to the design of some of the nation’s ‘greenest’ sports facilities.

Chris served as principal-in-charge for St. Louis CITY SC’s CITYPARK stadium and training facility, which opened in 2023. He is currently leading the HOK team designing New York City FC’s stadium, which will be the first dedicated professional soccer stadium in New York. Other soccer projects in his portfolio include Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of Atlanta United FC and the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons; PayPal Park, home of the San Jose Earthquakes; Lynn Family Stadium, home of Louisville City FC; and stadium design guidelines for Major League Soccer and the United Soccer League.

Chris is a frequent speaker and author. He is active with industry and philanthropic organizations including the Green Sports Alliance, U.S. Green Building Council and Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. He is a fellow and lecturer at Presidio Graduate School’s MBA course on sports and sustainability and is a graduate of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s Centurions Leadership Program.


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