Robert Mankin is a partner in NBBJ’s Los Angeles office where he oversees the firm’s international corporate and sports practices. His focus is on the creation of innovative workplaces for many high profile international and domestic clients, and he has acted as a design/thought leader on several of the firm’s most important corporate and commercial projects, from the Tencent’s Seafront Headquarters to Samsung Electronics R&D facility. Robert is also responsible for bringing rigor to all aspects of NBBJ’s corporate projects, both in their design and technical execution, to assure they meet both the client vision goals and respond to industry standards.
His expertise has 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.
Under his leadership, Robert’s teams have also 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.
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