Global architecture, design and planning practice Gensler has appointed Alessandro Zoppini to Director of Sports in the London office, spearheading the growth of Gensler’s global sports practice in Europe and Asia. Zoppini is amongst a coveted cohort of architects to have designed sporting venues for three separate Olympic Games.
Alessandro has more than 20 years’ experience designing sports and leisure facilities around the world. He began his career at Arup Associates in London before moving to the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Genoa and then becoming a Partner at Studio Zoppini in Milan. Drawing on a pedigree that spans the delivery of architecture from conception to completion, Alessandro is adept at managing multidisciplinary teams with a focus on large complex venues.
Notable projects in his portfolio include the Turin 2006 Olympics Oval Lingotto, the Sochi 2014 Olympic Skating Arena and oval, the 2018 Olympics PyeongChang Oval, the Kantrida Aquatic Centre in Rijeka, Croatia and a multipurpose stadium in Monza, Italy.
Duncan Swinhoe, Managing Principal for Gensler Europe, commented: “Alessandro is a major strategic hire for Gensler Sports and will guide the division as we find new, innovative and affordable solutions for the design of sporting facilities across the globe. His portfolio of previous projects is unparalleled and his excellence is illustrated in his work across three separate Olympic Games. As a key figure in Gensler’s carefully assembled world class sports team, Alessandro will play a pivotal role in delivering landmark sporting venues and creating enduring legacies for generations to come”.
Global Director for Gensler Sports, Ron Turner, echoed these sentiments, saying: “In addition to being an Olympic design expert, Alessandro’s European heritage and deep industry connections position him perfectly to guide our international clients in the realisation of very complex sports-anchored districts and buildings in sensitive urban environments. As the practice continues to grow at a furious rate, Alessandro joins Gensler Sports at the perfect time to propel our global capabilities even further.”
Zoppini’s arrival coincides with the appointment of Ryan Sickman to Director of Sports in Gensler’s Washington DC office, cementing the firm’s next phase in a global strategy to capitalise on the significant opportunities within the sports sector.