Robert Mankin is a partner in NBBJ’s Los Angeles office where he oversees the firm’s international sports practice. Under his leadership, Robert’s teams have created sports facilities that are economically sustainable, operationally efficient, and provide unique experiences to fans, players and coaches. Examples of his work include UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California; the Hangzhou Olympic Stadium in Hangzhou, China; and the Rupp Arena Renovation Study in Lexington, Kentucky.
His expertise has also been integral to the firm’s diverse Asia practice, where he has spent 15 years practicing in China, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan. Examples of his projects in Asia include a new headquarters for the Tencent Corporation in Shenzhen, China, the world’s third-largest internet company; Qingdao Aoshan Bay International Exhibition Center, one of the largest exhibition centers in China; and the new headquarters for Chinatrust Bank in Taipei, Taiwan.
Robert provides authoritative commentary on the role sports facilities play in creating urban environments to media around the world. He has been interviewed on the subject by publications such as NCAA News, Stadia Magazine, Sports Business Journal, Stadia World and ArchRecord.
Stadia Conference, Next Generation of International Venues, Los Angeles, California, 2012
CTBUH, The Future of Korean Tall Buildings, Seoul, South Korea, 2011
Stadia Conference, Urban Catalyst: A More Relevant Sports Facility, Los Angeles, California, 2011
Soccerex Conference, Market Driven Design vs Civic-Driven Design, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2010