AIA Kansas City: The American Institute of Architects

2011 Design Excellence + Allied Arts & Craftsmanship Awards

Cliff Illig & Robb Heineman
  • Nominating Firm: Populous

Cliff Illig and Robb Heineman both couldn’t be more deserving of the Design Hero Award. As co-owners of Sporting Kansas City, Mr. Illig and Mr. Heineman truly understood the value of thoughtful design, the importance of supporting the design ideas and the kind of impact that support could have on a business and community.

They challenged Populous to create a forward?looking design that exemplified “The Beautiful Game” of soccer. A building that celebrated Sporting Kansas City’s new brand with a design that declared their organization and sport had a glorious future ahead. Mr. Illig and Mr. Heineman envisioned a stadium more complicated structurally, technologically and logistically than had ever been in a venue of its size.

The solution created a venue based on the idea of “The Body and the Ball” and was fully embraced by them and was vigorously defended against all budget challenges conspiring to diminish its bold language. The result of this exceptional teamwork, the new LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, is a world-class venue that continues to capture and communicate soccer’s distinctive excitement and passion.