International experts in design, construction and operation to convene at 25th IAKS Congress

Specialists from all over the world will be coming together to exchange insights in regards to the design, construction, modernisation and management of sports and leisure facilities at the 25th IAKS Congress, being held at the Cologne Messe in Germany, from November 7 to 10, 2017.


High calibre experts from celebrated sports architecture and design firms, senior managers of major events organisers, sports department directors from European cities, as well as company developers and consultants to the IOC or IPC will be sharing their experiences at the 25th IAKS Congress and providing insights into the latest trends in their respective fields.


To follow is just a small selection of those you can expect to hear from during the Congress:


Lars Hjorth Baerentzen

Communications Consultant and Project Consultant at The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities, Denmark









Mag. Wolfgang Becker

Manager of the University and Provincial Sports Centre in Rif, Austria








Conrad Boychuk

Senior Director of Recreation and Venue Development at HDR / CEI, Canada









Robert J. Fatovic, AIA

Leading member of the CannonDesign sports design team, Canada









Gilbert Felli

Senior Advisor at the IOC, Switzerland








Bill Hanway

Head of Global Sports and Global Architecture Leader and the Global Architecture Leader for AECOM, UK








 Geraint John

Senior Advisor to Populous, architects and sport venue design experts, UK










For the full speaker line-up, go to:


The 25th IAKS Congress will be taking place during the FSB, the leading international trade fair for amenity areas, sports and pools facilities.


Sports Venue Business (SVB) is proud to be an Official Media Partner for both the IAKS and the FSB, with CEO, Katie McIntyre, to be in attendance at the Congress and Trade Show on November 9 and 10.


The IAKS Congress

The IAKS Congress for the Design, Construction, Modernisation and Management of Sports and Leisure Facilities is the longest-standing international forum for experts in sports and leisure facilities.


The IAKS Congress benefits from the direct support and involvement of the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee.  This partnership is responsible for the Exemplary Awards program, the most prestigious event for recognizing exception sports and leisure design. Moreover, the congress receives official support from Sportaccord and Germany’s Ministry of the Interior.


The Congress audience is truly international and includes representatives from all levels of government, architects, engineers, designers, facility operators, and technical experts.


The IAKS Congress runs concurrently with the FSB trade show.


Preparations for the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities have already begun: from 7 to 10 November 2017, FSB will open its doors in the North halls of Koelnmesse.


The bar has been set high for the FSB fair. After all, when the leading international trade fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities last drew to a close, back in October 2015, international participation had increased and the atmosphere was very positive. Around 26,836 visitors from 117 countries were won over by the offerings of the 662 exhibitors from 43 countries. FSB, which was once again co-located with aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool & Ambience, thereby registered clear growth in the number of visitors, with an increase of more than 7 percent. According to a representative survey, exhibitors were correspondingly satisfied with the international character, as well as the high-quality visitor profile, of the event. These evaluations correlate with the results of the visitor survey, according to which almost 90% of visitors to FSB said they were directly involved in purchasing decisions or were advising on a purchase.


FSB – International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities



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