Practice

WilsonOwensOwens Architects (WOO) was created by Derek Wilson and Kevin Owens following the completion of their combined role, leading design for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) in London 2012. Their collective role with London 2012 started with the earliest bid work in 2003, through to the Closing Ceremony of the Paralympic Games in September 2012.

Whilst WOO is a relatively new practice, Kevin and Derek have worked in sports and event architecture for over 25 years.  They have been involved in projects ranging from the ground breaking McAlpine Stadium (the only sports building to be given the RIBA 'Building of the Year' award) and the Emirates Stadium to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and the award winning venues for the London 2012 Olympic Park.

WOO will carryout both permanent building projects and temporary overlay.

The practice is recognised around the world as a leading sport and event architect and is currently working on projects in Australia, the UAE and the USA. They work globally, completing projects in Azerbaijan, China, France, India, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Qatar, Turkmenistan and the West Indies.

WOO's work ranges from stadia design to the masterplanning of major events such as the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. In addition, WOO provides briefing and strategic advice to clients for bids and designs, often performing peer reviews. It firmly believes that in order to provide such advice services, it must also design and deliver projects.

Ethos

The aim of the practice is to continue their work in championing design and delivering exceptional projects through challenging preconceived ideas of process, application and execution. WOO is a multidisciplinary design collaborative that works with both clients and designers alike, to bring design quality to the forefront of business decision-making.

Collaboration

WOO prides itself on its ability to establish and foster working partnerships that are tailored to each client’s requirements, based on clear communication. The success of this working practice was reinforced by the award of the RIBA Client of the Year 2012 for their role in leading the design and delivery of the London 2012 Games for LOCOG.

Often, work undertaken by WOO is in collaboration with other architects and engineers. Major collaborations include building the masterplan team for London’s Olympic Park and for the 2015 Rugby World Cup Team.

Awards

John Smith (formally McAlpine) Stadium, Huddersfield, UK

Derek was the project and design architect whilst at Lobb Sports Architecture. It remains the only sports building to have won the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) 'Building of the Year Award' (now the Stirling Award).

Macron (formally Reebok) Stadium, Bolton, UK

Derek was design architect and director whilst at Lobb Sports Architecture.  The project won the Building Construction Industry’s 'Building of the Year Award'.

London 2012

Most recently, Kevin led the London 2012 design team, receiving:
- The Royal Institute British Architects’ 'Client of Year Award'
- The Civic Trust Award
- The RIBA Award