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Rod is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Australian Institute of Architects and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world on many aspects of stadia and large spectator venue design, the place they take in our lives and where the future of these spectacular buildings is heading. He was the creator of the concept of Stadia Generations which is now the established categorisation of stadia through recent history. In 2002 The University of Luton conferred on Rod the distinction of an honorary degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to architecture, in particular, in the field of sport architecture.

Born in Brisbane in 1951 and in 1975 after completing his education came to England and joined LOBB where he became a partner in 1981 after completing sports projects in the late seventies. Following work in Africa he was responsible for establishing an office in India to develop the masterplanning of three racecourses in India. He became Chairman of LOBB in 1993 and directed teams specialising in sports, leisure and entertainment architecture from offices in London, Sydney and Brisbane. In 1998 LOBB Sports Architecture merged with HOK Sport to form the world’s leading sports design firm.

Rod has a great enthusiasm for the future of sport architecture with a vision for the 21st century which will herald a new breed of facilities more user friendly, better serviced and more exciting than any which have been built before. He loves clear articulate design and his award winning work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts and chosen by the Design Council for their exhibition of work by ‘young’ architects. The ‘Times’ in London described Reebok Stadium, his teams design for Bolton Wanderers Football Club as a ‘triumph of high tech architecture’. In 1995 the Alfred Mc Alpine Stadium in Huddersfield won the RIBA ‘Building of the Year Award’, the first time this prestigious award has been given to a stadium