Dan Meis

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Dan Meis
Born 1961
Windsor, Colorado
Nationality American
Occupation Architect
Awards American Institute of Architects fellowship.
Buildings Staples Center
Los Angeles NFL Stadium
Miller Park
Safeco Field
Manchester Arena
Saitama Super Arena
Lincoln Financial Field
Paul Brown Stadium
Stadio della Roma

Dan Meis (born 1961) is an American architect best known for designing sports and entertainment facilities including Staples Center, Safeco Field, Paul Brown Stadium and currently, Stadio Della Roma[1] and Everton FC Stadium. His 30+ years of experience began in Chicago with Helmut/Jahn and includes time at some of the most well-known sports architecture firms in addition to co-founding the sports and entertainment practice of NBBJ. Dan currently operates his own independent studio established in 2014, MEIS architects,[2] with offices in Soho, New York City, and Venice Beach, California.

While at Ellerbe Becket in the 1990’s, Meis designed Europe's largest indoor arena, the Nynex Arena (now Manchester Arena) in Manchester, England, and led the design competition that won the $750 million Saitama Super Arena in Japan.[3] Soon after winning the design competition, Meis left Ellerbe Becket to join established Seattle practice NBBJ, establishing NBBJ's sports division with Michael Hallmark and Ron Turner.[4] Meis designed sports, entertainment and convention facilities that were highly-acclaimed including Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Dodge Theater (now Comerica Theatre) in Phoenix, Miller Park in Milwaukee, Safeco Field in Seattle, Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, and Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, which was the first NFL facility to win an AIA design award.[5] Meis’ design for Los Angeles' Staples Center has been heralded as the "greatest arena ever built,"[6] and in 2001 he appeared in Time Magazine as one of their "100 Innovators in the World of Sports."[7] His work has twice been awarded the prestigious Business Week/Architectural Record Award and Meis is the only architect twice recognized as one of Sports Business Journal's "40 under 40 Most Influential Sports Executives."[8] Meis' work has been featured in numerous publications including Architectural Record, Metropolis, I.D., L.A. Architect, Stadium & Arena Management and SPACE magazine, and is a frequent lecturer at architectural schools across the world. In 2007, Meis was elevated to the College of the Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.[9]

Meis has developed a reputation for out-of-the-box, innovative thinking while creating projects that redefine their respective building types including a “transformable” venue in Japan that mechanically changes from arena to stadium.[10] Meis’ ability to re-imagine typical ideas of what a building can be was highlighted in a November 2015 Sports Illustrated and WIRED Magazine Super Bowl 100 Series[11] feature on “The Future of Stadium Design” and he will be speaking at SXSW in 2016 on a related subject.[12]

Recent projects credited as designed by Meis include the new Stadio Della Roma project for AS Roma, Everton FC’s new stadium, the LA Clippers Lexus Courtside Club[13] and new corporate headquarters, Santa Anita Park experience enhancements and upgrades, and various premium improvements to Staples Center and Paul Brown Stadium.


Meis studied environmental design and engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and later received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago.[14]

Beginning in 2011, Meis served as an Adjunct Professor for Stadium Design at the University of Southern California.[15]

Sample sports projects designed by Meis[edit]

Sample commercial projects designed by Meis[edit]

  • LA Clippers Corporate Headquarters
  • Kun Ming Towers
  • China Air Headquarters
  • Peterson Automotive Museum
  • DTS World Headquarters
  • Herald Square
  • One Chase Manhattan
  • Doha Towers
  • Santa Clara HERO Site
  • Shenbei Live! Entertainment District
  • Doha Al Jassim Hotel
  • Pelican Lakes
  • Pizzeria Mozza
  • The Garage

Personal life[edit]

Meis currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.


  1. ^ "Home | Stadio della Roma". stadiodellaroma.com. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 
  2. ^ "Sports, Entertainment and Experience Architecture". MEIS architects. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 
  3. ^ S.p.A., Mondo. "Saitama Super Arena". www.spaziomondo.com. Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  4. ^ "Dan Meis to Head Woods Bagot Sport". Architect. Retrieved 2016-01-28. 
  5. ^ "AIArchitect, Sept. 3, 2001 - AIACC Recognizes Design Excellence". info.aia.org. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 
  6. ^ Communications, Emmis (2000-10-01). Los Angeles Magazine. Emmis Communications. 
  7. ^ "Leading Sports and Entertainment Architect Dan Meis to Head Woods Bagot Sport". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 
  8. ^ "Past Forty Under 40 Winners". www.sportsbusinessdaily.com. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  9. ^ "AIArchitect, February 24, 2006 - AIA Elevates 82 to Fellow; 13 to Honorary Fellow". info.aia.org. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 
  10. ^ "Saitama Super Arena - Facility Information". www.saitama-arena.co.jp. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 
  11. ^ "Future of stadiums might be no stadium at all". SI.com. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  12. ^ "Death of the Stadium | SXSW 2016 Event Schedule". SXSW Schedule 2016. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 
  13. ^ "Go VIP at STAPLES Center's Lexus Clippers Courtside Club". Haute Living. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 
  14. ^ "Dan Meis | UIC News Center". news.uic.edu. Retrieved 2016-01-18. 
  15. ^ Dan Meis - Dynamic Architecture: designing buildings that move, 2011-09-26, retrieved 2016-01-15 
  1. List item "The Man with the Tatlin’s Tower Tattoo.", UIC Alumni Magazine (2012)

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