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Katie Barnes

Principal and Partner, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, USA
Katie Barnes
Principal and Partner, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, USA

Caitlin (Katie) has been focused on designing community recreation centers, libraries, and other public architecture for over 25 years. Principal and COO, Katie is not only a go-to resource within BRS for all things related to the latest trends influencing the recreation design and construction industry, but she is a frequent speaker and author on the topic.

Her passion lies in continuous improvement of the systems and processes of design and construction projects to bring the most value to communities. Katie is always focused on balancing the programming needs and desires of a community with the operational efficiencies of the building. At the same time, she is also cognizant of creating a building specific to a community in order for its residents to take pride in a building designed uniquely for them.

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Wolfgang Baumann

Secretary General, and Executive Director, TAFISA, Germany
Wolfgang Baumann
Secretary General, and Executive Director, TAFISA, Germany

Wolfgang has contributed to and developed various international and national Sport for All programs and campaigns. He has been consultant for Sport for All in more than 30 countries. His international positions include his seat on the IOC Sport and Active Society Commission and he is the Vice President of the International Council of Sports Sciences and Physical Education (ICSSPE). In 2015 he was appointed member of High Level Advisory Group of the EU Sport Commissioner.

Wolfgang is appointed guest teacher at the Private Universities of Mannheim and Seeburg (Austria). He has published on the topic in magazines, professional journals and books.

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Thomas Beyer

Former Head of Sports Department of the City of Hamburg, Germany
Thomas Beyer
Former Head of Sports Department of the City of Hamburg, Germany

Thomas Beyer is chairman of the supervisory board of top-league basketball club Hamburg Towers e.V. and works as a consultant to large sports clubs. Before that, he was full-time managing director of Hamburg university sport for almost 30 years, managing partner of a sports consultancy agency and director of the Hamburg Land sports department.

During his professional career, he has worked in numerous fields such as setting up, organising and securing the success of major sports clubs, developing sport and urban districts and designing modern exercise programmes as well as sports policy and public sports administration.

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Conrad Boychuk

Vice President, IAKS, Canada
Conrad Boychuk
Vice President, IAKS, Canada

Conrad Boychuk is on the Executive Board of the IAKS and in 2017 was made a Vice President.  He is one of Canada’s foremost designers of multi-purpose mid-size spectator venues. He has been involved in the development of over 40 community recreation facilities throughout Canada and the United States including arenas, fitness centres, and aquatic facilities.

Conrad has extensive experience in the public consultation process and the development of master plans and feasibility studies that reflect broad-based community needs while recognizing and responding to financial and economic impact.

Conrad is Canada’s national representative on the International Union of Architects’ Sports and Leisure Group. He is a past executive board member of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association.

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Darryl Condon

Managing Principal, HCMA, Canada
Darryl Condon
Managing Principal, HCMA, Canada

Darryl Condon is interested in design that acts as a catalyst for positive social change. As Managing Principal he has created successful public spaces including community centres, pools, recreation facilities, fire halls and libraries across Canada, and beyond. Darryl is a registered Architect, a LEED Accredited Professional and a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

After 30 years of practice creating these dynamic, engaging and effective spaces, Darryl is asking ‘what’s next’. The intent is to push, think and break away from preconceptions of conventional practice at every scale, to maximize the impact and potential of projects and collaborations. These efforts are focussed on creating spaces which leave lasting legacies in our communities while maximizing social impact. His work has been recognized internationally for its innovation and design excellence.

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Shaun Dawson

Chief Executive, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, United Kingdom
Shaun Dawson
Chief Executive, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, United Kingdom

Shaun has been involved in the London 2012 Olympic project from bid stage in 2003 to now leading the organisation which has guaranteed the future of three London 2012 legacy venues: Lee Valley White Water Centre; Lee Valley VeloPark; Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre. Shaun was a member of the UK Government’s Rio 2016 Advisory Panel He has also provided advice to Tokyo 2020 on venue design and legacy planning.

He has extensive experience of strategic planning, business modelling, development and management of sports venues. A particular focus has been delivering viable and sustainable venues that are community focused and commercially driven.

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Harald Fux

Founder and partner, RAUMKUNST, Austria
Harald Fux
Founder and partner, RAUMKUNST, Austria

Technical University Of Vienna, Master Degree 1998

 

Lecturer, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Lecturer, University of Applied Sciences FH Technikum Wien

Expert Member for Sports Facilities Construction, Austrian Standards Institute

Member, UIA – International Union of Architects / Sports and Leisure work program

Member, IAKS - International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities

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Mike Hall

Partner, FaulknerBrowns Architects, United Kingdom
Mike Hall
Partner, FaulknerBrowns Architects, United Kingdom

Mike specialises in the design of sports facilities and leads the work of FaulknerBrowns Architects in this sector, both nationally and internationally. This includes elite, competition and training venues as well as community sport and leisure projects for public and private sector clients. Mike sits on the IAKS International Swimming Pool Expert Circle and is a representative of the International Union of Architects (UIA).

He is an advocate of developing expertise as a springboard for innovative solutions in this specialist field, where the social spaces are as valuable as the fields of play. Notable examples include the multi award-winning Derby Arena, Lee Valley White Water Centre for the London 2012 Olympic Games, University of Surrey Sports Complex and Beacon of Light, for the Sunderland Foundation of Light, a building that harnesses the power of sport to transform lives.

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Mark Hentze

Vice President Recreation and Culture, HDR Architecture, Canada
Mark Hentze
Vice President Recreation and Culture, HDR Architecture, Canada

Mark comes to the field of architecture with a background in sport that makes him particularly well suited for his role leading HDR’s sport and recreation team. Mark played high level competitive sports including football, rowing, and hockey. Over a now 20 plus year career he has focused on the design of sport and recreation facilities in Canada and the US that includes aquatics centres, ice arenas, community centres and competitive sport and entertainment venues.

His background in sports allows for a unique insight into the design of sport facilities through the eyes of a participant who truly understands the nuances of what makes recreation facilities special.

Mark is very enthusiastic about utilizing stakeholder engagement and helped develop a unique design charrette process that has been effectively used on both major urban recreation facilities and small community centres.

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Gar Holohan

Founder and Executive Chairman of Aura Holohan Leisure Group, Ireland
Gar Holohan
Founder and Executive Chairman of Aura Holohan Leisure Group, Ireland

Gar is the Founder and Chairman of the Aura Holohan Group who operate eleven public aquatic centres and a chain of private fitness gyms in Ireland. He is also Chairman of the International Union of Architects (UIA) Work Program for Sport & Leisure, and a member of the IAKS Swimming Pool Expert Circle.

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Christoph Holstein

City Councilor for Sport, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany
Christoph Holstein
City Councilor for Sport, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany

Since 2015, Christoph Holstein is the City Councilor for Sport within the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany. Former spokesperson within the Senat of the Free an Hanseatic City of Hamburg as well as within the Ministry of Interior and Sports he has been attached to sports since the early 1990ies.

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Viktors Jaunkalns

Founding partner, MJMA Architects, Canada
Viktors Jaunkalns
Founding partner, MJMA Architects, Canada
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Charles Johnston

Director of Property, Sport England, United Kingdom
Charles Johnston
Director of Property, Sport England, United Kingdom

A qualified engineer who also has a Master’s in Business Administration, Charles started at Sport England in 2008 as Property Director where he is responsible for the Capital Investment Programme for public sports facilities, a multi-disciplinary practice. Charles came to Sport England from MDA Consulting where he was Chairman and CEO.

He began his career at Jaguar before joining Sainsbury’s where he spent 25 years progressing to become Director of Construction and Facilities, managing an annual budget of over £500 million. Charles is a trustee on the London Marathon Trust, Royal Albert Docks Trust, Foal Farm and the Manchester Velodrome Trust.

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Tom Jones

Senior Principal, Populous, United Kingdom
Tom Jones
Senior Principal, Populous, United Kingdom

BArch (Dist), BSc (Hons) Arch, UWCC, RIBA

Tom has a keen interest in how sports and entertainment buildings and events can enhance cities and communities. He has a great passion for sport and has been able to use this in the design and delivery of a number of high-profile projects around the world, including the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Emirates Stadium for Arsenal FC and the Olympic Stadium for the London 2012 Olympic Games. 

In addition to running major projects, Tom has co-authored the technical guide to Sports Facilities in the Metric Handbook and contributed to a series of international publications. He is a member of the Executive Board of IAKS and sits on the Sports Economy Sector Advisory Group for DIT (Department of Industry and Trade). He has also spoken at a range of conferences and events around the world on the sustainability of sports and entertainment buildings.

 

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Jim Kalvelage

Partner, Opsis Architecture, USA
Jim Kalvelage
Partner, Opsis Architecture, USA

Jim is a founding partner of Opsis Architecture with a 37-year career distinguished by award-winning projects focused on building community within civic and campus environments. His body of work includes community centers, recreation and sports facilities, libraries, academic buildings and cultural arts centers.

Jim’s design approach challenges established building conventions by innovating new models for public architecture rooted in the expressive nature of placemaking, programmatic synergies, environmental performance, and construction technologies that balance budgetary, social, and aesthetic aspirations.

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Dr Stefan Kannewischer

IAKS President, Switzerland
Dr Stefan Kannewischer
IAKS President, Switzerland

After completing his MBA and Ph.D. in economic sciences at University St.Gallen (Switzerland), Stefan has worked for four years at strategy consultants Bain & Company in Zurich, Munich and London. In 2001, he became Managing Director of the Swiss family business Kannewischer Management AG. He was appointed by Thomas Bach to the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission.

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Veith Kilberth

Partner, Landskate, Germany
Veith Kilberth
Partner, Landskate, Germany

Veith combines his Sports Sciences diploma from the University of Cologne with experience as a former professional skateboarder. At the skatepark design office Landskate he plans and realizes skate park projects on any scale. He frequently works as a consultant for cities and municipalities on general aspects of skatepark planning.

The presentation for the IAKS Congress represents key findings of Kilberth’s dissertation. The work utilizes social sciences for the design planning of public sport facilities. The results are equally based on Veith’s scientific research as well as his professional experience in the planning and design of state-of-the-art skateparks.

As an author, Veith recently published as co-editor an anthology titled “Skateboarding Between Subculture and the Olympics: A Youth Culture under Pressure from Commercialization and Sportification”.

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Mike Lawless

Director, LA Architects, United Kingdom
Mike Lawless
Director, LA Architects, United Kingdom

Mike is an architect with over 35 years of experience in designing sports and public buildings across the world. He has also been an advisor to National Sports Government Bodies in Europe and across the globe. He designs large scale urban regeneration projects in the UK combining commercial and residential buildings with sports culture and Civic buildings.

In addition to being a Director for LA architects, Mike has been a Board member for the Royal Institute of British Architects. His buildings and Company have received numerous National and International design awards.

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James McLaughlin

Acting Director, City of Calgary Recreation, Canada
James McLaughlin
Acting Director, City of Calgary Recreation, Canada

A senior executive and change leader, James McLaughlin is responsible for managing the ongoing evolution of the recreation landscape in Calgary. James is focused on creating vibrant communities and inspiring citizens to be active and creative by strategically leading and investing in Calgary’s recreation sector.

Through direct and partner service providers, James oversees Calgary Recreation’s delivery of recreation programs and services in and out of facilities. This includes providing Calgarians access to more than 12 aquatics and fitness centres, 13 arenas, 11 leisure centres, 13 athletic parks, 8 outdoor pools, 8 golf courses, 3 driving ranges, 2 arts centres, 1 sailing school, 1 soccer center, and 1 velodrome.

As Acting Director, James is involved in all aspects of service development for Calgary Recreation, from policy development and planning through to new amenity developments.   

 

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Laura Munch

Project Leader, Realdania foundation, Denmark
Laura Munch
Project Leader, Realdania foundation, Denmark
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Robin Schneider

Technical Director, Skillspark, Switzerland
Robin Schneider
Technical Director, Skillspark, Switzerland
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Karin Schwarz-Viechtbauer

Director, Austrian Institute for School and Sports Facilities (ÖISS)
Karin Schwarz-Viechtbauer
Director, Austrian Institute for School and Sports Facilities (ÖISS)

Karin Schwarz-Viechtbauer is the managing director of the Austrian Institute for Schools and Sports Facilities (OEISS) - a public foundation, which acts as a competence centre for the planning, building and maintenance of sports and leisure facilities. The institute is responsible for the development of general information and guidelines and provides consultancy and surveillance. Karin is an educated architect and has experience as a lecturer at several universities in Austria.

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Mikkel Selmar

Head of Facilities, GAME, Denmark
Mikkel Selmar
Head of Facilities, GAME, Denmark

Mikkel Selmar is the former Head of social programs in GAME and now serves as Head of Facilities in the organization. GAME is a Danish NGO founded in 2002 with a mission to create lasting social change through youth-led street sports and culture. GAME transforms old industrial buildings into street sports facilities through user-driven innovation and participatory processes and educates youth-leaders as instructors and role models. GAME works in selected countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

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Andrew Tankard

Partner, GEC Architecture, Canada
Andrew Tankard
Partner, GEC Architecture, Canada

As one of Canada’s leading sports and recreation architects, Andrew understands the trends, technologies, rules and governance of sport and recreation building typologies. He has led the design on several high-profile recreation and high-performance sport facilities across Canada including the Shane Homes YMCA at Rocky Ridge, the Remington YMCA, the Repsol Sport Centre, and the Olympic Canmore Nordic Centre.

Andrew graduated from the University of Waterloo and is a registered architect in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, and is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). Andrew sits on the board of Sport Calgary, an advocacy body for amateur sport in southern Alberta.

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Nicky Yates

Strategic Physical Activity and Sport Development Manager at Liverpool City Council, United Kingdom
Nicky Yates
Strategic Physical Activity and Sport Development Manager at Liverpool City Council, United Kingdom

Former tennis professional Nicky leads on the implementation of the Liverpool Active City 2014-21 Strategy within the Sport and Outdoor Recreation Service. She works in partnership with the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group, ensuring that physical activity is at the heart of the city’s health and wellbeing strategy. Among other duties, she procures large scale funding.