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About the Architect

POPULOUS is a global design practice specializing in creating environments that draw people and communities together for unforgettable experiences.

We celebrate a new beginning in 2009 as an independently-owned design practice. Our new name, Populous, reflects our management buyout and separation from HOK Group of St. Louis, Missouri in December 2008. With clarity of vision and purpose, all of the people, portfolio, capabilities and expertise of the architectural firm formerly known as HOK Sport Venue Event continue as Populous.

Populous continues to offer comprehensive design services, including sports architecture, conference and exhibition center architecture, interior design, environmental graphics and way-finding, events planning and overlay, master planning, sustainable design consulting and facilities operations analysis. As Populous, we enthusiastically embrace the expertise we uniquely claim-drawing people together around teams, athletes, events, places, commerce, industry and ideas they wholeheartedly embrace and adore.

Major League Baseball Experience

  • Angel Stadium of Anaheim, CA
  • AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
  • Citi Field, NY
  • Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
  • Comerica Park, Detroit, MI
  • Coors Field, Denver, CO
  • Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, OH
  • Kauffman Stadium Renovation, Kansas City, MO
  • Marlins Ballpark, Miami, FL
  • Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
  • Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
  • New Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
  • PETCO Park, San Diego, CA
  • PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Progressive Field, Cleveland, OH
  • Target Field, Minneapolis, MN
  • U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago, IL
  • Wrigley Field Improvements, Chicago, IL
  • Yankee Stadium, New York, NY

The Architect

Earl Santee is one of the most experienced ballpark architects in the world. He has worked on more than 18 Major League Baseball parks and 40 minor league and spring training baseball projects, including the successful completions of Yankee Stadium, a renovated Kauffman Stadium, New Busch Stadium, PNC Park and Minute Maid Park. In addition to Marlins Ballpark, he is now completing design for Target Field, scheduled to open in April 2010.

A 24-year veteran of Populous, Santee has the ability to work with high profile clients, successfully translating their ideas into iconic ballparks beloved by their fans. In addition to his major league baseball experience, Santee has tremendous experience with baseball facilities of all sizes, including collegiate, spring training and minor league ballparks. Santee also is a member of Populous' board of directors, where he served an integral role in leading the buyout and rebranding of Populous (then HOK Sport Venue Event) from its parent company, HOK Group, in 2008.

Santee received bachelor's degrees in architecture and environmental design from the University of Kansas. He is a registered architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Society for American Baseball Research, Stadium Managers Association and the Urban Land Institute. In 2004, Santee was named Sports Business Journal's Most Influential Person in Sports Facility Design and Development.