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Case Study: SoFi Stadium

June 10, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT

$5 – $20


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Case Study: SoFi Stadium – Designing an Authentic Los Angeles Expression

Learning Units: 1LU 

This is a virtual event.  Virtual meeting information will be email directly to registrants.

Architect: HKS Architects, Inc.
Assoc. Architect: QDG Architecture

In a new AIA|LA series, Los Angeles HKS architects Neil Prunier, AIA and Manzer Mirkar, AIA will present an in-depth view of the SoFi Stadium by reviewing the concept, giving us an overview of the stadium and deep dive into The Oculus and The Shell.

In a city and region where creativity and theatrics thrive, the Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park create an authentic Southern California experience capable of catering to permanent residents, unique visitors and frequent guests alike. The very essence of the culture, geography and climate of this incredible region are amplified and expressed by an organization of both built and unbuilt environments. Formalized around public outdoor park space, the stadium and performance venue seamlessly integrate and present themselves as inviting extensions of the natural landscape forms and indoor/outdoor living commonly found throughout Southern California. Within the formal environments, patrons find the experience extends far beyond the entertainment surface with tailored luxury amenities and a world class food and beverage program. In addition to patrons experiencing the site and venue first hand, nearly 38 million visitors annually fly directly over the venue on their approach into LAX. This experience inspired a magnificent 5th elevation of the venue. As a global destination and top tier facility, the venue and site has earned honors to be future hosts of the LA 2028 Olympic Opening Games, NFL Super Bowls, NCAA College Football Championship, NCAA Final Four tournaments, and many other major events.

General Contractor: Turner AECOM Hunt Joint Venture


Structural / Facade: Walter P. Moore (Stadium & Performance Venue)
Assoc. Structural: RSE Associates Inc. (Performance Venue)
Landscape Architecture & Urban Design: Studio-MLA (Stadium & Performance Venue)
MEP / FP / Tech. / Security: Henderson Engineers Inc. (Stadium & Performance Venue)
Civil: David Evans And Associates, Inc. (Stadium & Performance Venue)
Assoc. Civil: John Labib + Associates (Performance Venue)
A/V / Broadcast: Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. (Stadium)
A/V, Theatre: IDIBRI (Performance Venue)
Code / Fire / Life Safety: Howe Engineers, Inc. (Stadium & Performance Venue)
Wind Loading / Patron Comfort: RWDI Consulting Engineers (Stadium & Performance Venue)
Food Service: RICCA Design Studios (Stadium & Performance Venue)
Food Ops and Strategy: Howard And Sergi (Stadium)
ADA: Access by Design (Stadium)
ADA: Code Consultants, Inc. (Performance Venue)
Exterior Lighting: LAM Partners, Inc. (Stadium)
Interior Lighting: Kaplan Gehring McCarroll (Stadium)

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Niel Prunier, AIA – Sr. Project Architect

Niel Prunier is a Vice President and Senior Project Architect in the Venues Practice at HKS.  As a senior project architect with experience all over the world, Niel interfaces directly with the owner, consultants and design team to produce the best design solutions for each client. Niel received his Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University where through the Rice Internship Program, he worked at Cesar Pelli and Associates on the Petronas Towers.  Niel has worked for multiple internationally acclaimed design firms including The Jerde Partnership, Randall Stout Architects, EYRC, and Michael Maltzan Architects on award-winning museums, civic and cultural buildings.  With HKS, Niel’s past work informs his technical guidance in leading large teams for complex and multifaceted projects like SoFi Stadium.  His background in 3D digital modeling, documentation and construction delivery is balanced with an ability to promote fluid communication among many different engineering and construction disciplines. He enjoys reconciling the varying elements of design vision, client objectives and technical realities. Niel is a member of the AIA, has been a guest critic at Woodbury University, and has lectured at Facades Plus NY on the use of ETFE in Sports Venues and at the Art Gallery of Alberta on Museum Design.  He is currently designing and building a home for himself, his partner, and
their two-year old son.


Manzer Mirkar, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP – Project Architect

Manzer Mirkar is a Project Architect and Designer at HKS, Los Angeles. His portfolio includes work on a variety of project types ranging from Art Museums, Educational Facilities, Hospitality and Sports with a keen focus on geometrical and technical complexity. His diverse background and technological expertise allows him a unique perspective on architectural processes through the design phases to contract documentation and construction administration. Manzer holds a Masters Degree in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of California, Los Angeles and has continued to make contributions in Academia as a visiting lecturer and mentor. He currently sits on the Talent Acquisition Committee and is a board member on the LA Design Fellowship Committee at HKS, with a focus on fostering the interrelationship between the profession, academia and the community.


+ Concept – Creating an authentic LA expression
+ Overview: The Shell, the Oculus, Bowl, Suites & Clubs, American Airlines Plaza, Performance Venue
+ The Shell – Deep Dive: Form, Pattern, Materiality, Digital Design to Fabrication
+ The Oculus – Deep Dive: Form, Video, Audio, Digital Design to Fabrication
+ Summary + Q&A

Learning Objectives:

+ Learn how the design of SoFi Stadium was realized.
+ Learn about the role of digital technologies in the design and construction of SoFi Stadium.


Image Credit: HKS

Thank you to our Sponsor:

Henderson Engineers


June 10, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
$5 – $20
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