Derek Wilson, Director WOO, has 25 years post qualification experience, including 15 as a company director. Derek has experienced projects at all stages. He has run projects from concept to completion. His portfolio of stadia is wide reaching from Huddersfield’s John Smith Stadium, to Arsenal’s Emirates, through to AFC Wimbledon’s new stadium and advising city of Perth for its new stadium. Derek lead the design work of London’s Olympic Bid, and was subsequently LOCOG Head of Design. He curated the RIBA’s Building the Bid in 2006. He is also a Board Member of the Sports Ground Safety Authority (formerly Football Licensing Authority), a founding member of the European and British Standards for Spectator Facilities and a committee member of the Advisory Group for Temporary Structures. He is a regular speaker at conferences around the world and has tutored at Leeds University, London Metropolitan and De Montfort University.
Kevin Owens trained and practiced in architecture prior to his role as Design Principal with London 2012. As a Fulbright Scholar, his education at Yale formed the platform for his career within a multi discipline design field. His career has included a wide range of design projects from sports buildings through to urban design. Previous projects have included The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Kensington Oval Cricket Ground Barbados and Cambridge University Sports Centre. Kevin joined London 2012 shortly after the Bid. In his central role as Design Principal, Kevin lead on the design of the built environment, and provided strategic direction on the design and overlay of all venues.