6:00pm EDT April 20

Alumni Career Conversation with Populous

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Megan Rand ’15 – Senior Associate

Megan is a registered architect in the state of Missouri, and has experience working on all phases of design. Since graduating cum laude from Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, she has worked in sports architecture, focusing on seating bowl and training facility design, project documentation and construction administration. Most recently, Megan has worked on football facilities for Florida State University, The University of Utah and the Carolina Panthers. Megan is passionate about sustainability and holds a LEED AP BD+C credential. In addition to her project responsibilities, Megan is co-chair of the Populous New Grad Committee and Internship Program.

Nicole Smolenski ’16 – Associate

Nicole is an architect and associate at Populous, having joined the firm in 2016 after attending Syracuse University’s School of Architecture. She began her Populous career in the Design Studio, Populous’ internal design think-tank, focusing on conceptual design across many sports markets and firm-wide research initiatives. Nicole now focuses primarily on facility design for the soccer market, most recently leading the sports-focused design for the new MLS stadium in Nashville. Her experience also includes design concepts for major stadiums in Bolivia and Japan.

Heber Santos ’20 – Architectural Designer

Heber began working at Populous as a designer after his graduation from Syracuse University’s School of Architecture in 2020. Having started as an intern at Populous the previous summer, Heber has worked with various teams in the office ranging from the design studio teams to the events team. As a member of the events team, Heber currently focuses on the architectural space planning and operations for major events such as NFL Pro Bowl, College Bowl games, NCAA Final Four and other MLB/NHL events.

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