Bruce Miller now oversees nine offices for Populous, including its newest in Dallas. (Courtesy Populous)

He replaces Earl Santee, who’ll take more active design role

Populous has named Bruce Miller its managing director of the Americas, a new role in which he will focus on expanding the sports architect’s practice across North America and South America. 

Miller, a senior principal at Populous and a designer with 30 years of experience, replaces Earl Santee as managing director. The position is officially a two-year term, although Santee held the title over the past five years. 

Santee, a founder and senior principal, was the firm’s first managing director. He now assumes a more active role for designing sports venues with an emphasis on Major League Baseball, which is his speciality.

On his own, Miller will stay involved with projects he’s worked on most recently, including the new MLS stadium in Nashville and a mixed-use project tied to Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minn., but his role will be more oversight than day-to-day design, he said.  

In his new position, Miller oversees nine offices for Populous, including the newest location in Dallas, led by Byron Chambers and Jonathan Kelly. The Dallas office is situated in the city’s arts district near downtown, and officials are building a staff of 30 people there.

Miller’s appointment comes at the peak of profitability for Populous. Last year was its most successful year financially after four years of steady growth and a 33 percent increase in revenue over that period, according to company officials.

Populous has grown staff by 50 percent since 2014, with more than 400 employees across nine offices. Twenty-five percent of those workers are outside of the firm’s Kansas City headquarters, Miller said. 

“My job is to grow our talent base and build out new service lines with design/build and esports and adding depth to what we already have in place,” he said. “It’s a two-year term, but I intend to do this as long as I enjoy it.”

All told, Populous employs 730 people globally, extending to London, Asia and Australia, among other markets.