In an example of a firm doing more with less, in April RMJM announced the launch of a sports design studio. The studio is based in the company’s Hong Kong office and is overseen by new hire John Pauline. Pauline had lead all of PTW Architects’ projects for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, including the Watercube, and served as a competition venue planning specialist to that host city’s organizing committee.
RMJM is no stranger to sports venues—the firm designed the 2.9-million-square-foot Beijing Olympic Green Convention Centre, and it is vying to design facilities for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Pauline expects the new studio to earn additional commissions in the Middle East, which “has a very ambitious sporting program.” Currently Pauline is assembling designers from among RMJM’s ranks. Although he will not estimate the ultimate size of his team, he notes that he may draw other industry contacts into his fold.