Jeff Funovits joins Populous to lead campus planning efforts

Jeff Funovits has joined global design firm Populous to lead the firm’s campus planning practice.  He will open a new Pittsburgh office focused on campus planning as part of the firm’s continued growth. The addition comes after a number of milestones, including strategic hires, office additions on the West Coast (San Francisco) and in the Northeast (Boston), the acquisition of internationally recognised and award-winning brand and interior design firm Jump Studio in January and a move to a new global headquarters in Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza district this month.

“The campus planning market is a natural extension of our brand promise of creating the places where people love to be together,” said Earl Santee, Populous Americas Managing Director.  “Our firm is based on understanding the experiences every customer, student, fan, recruit, alumni, athlete and professor has as he or she enjoys the places we create. From doorstep to doorstep, we study every moment to ensure the experience they have is the best it can be. By focusing more broadly than programming and building functionality, we will help campuses enjoy greater success than they ever dreamed possible.”

Funovits has more than 25 years of experience working with a diverse client base that includes universities, developers, institutions and government agencies, including Ohio State University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst and University of Dayton, to deliver master plans that have shaped campus and cities throughout the United States.  He was chosen after a one year search to find the most innovative, leading campus planner in America.

Populous has worked on more than 120 university campuses, designing memorable experiences that have transformed campus life at places like Baylor University, Texas A&M University and Rutgers University.  With experience working on complex collegiate athletic master plans and designing a variety of athletic training, competition and student-life facilities, the firm’s body of work will complement Funovits’ portfolio.

To learn more about Populous’ planning practice, visit

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