Jan Sircus
Jan is Past-President of the Themed Attraction Association, Canada.  Prior to Studio Sircus, Jan was co-founder and Managing Director, Creative, of Maple Leaf Studios (MLS), Vancouver.  At MLS, Jan led design for the successful Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics Bid Resort and Village in Sochi, Russia.  He was also creative lead for final round competition concept bids for BC Canada Place at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, and for the ‘City Being’ main theme pavilion and the GM-SAIC pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.  Jan recently spent time as a Creative Director for AldrichPears Associates working primarily on the Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort in Abu Dhabi.

Before Maple Leaf Studios, Jan led LIG’s planning, design, and content development for numerous high-profile projects, including master planning for the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede in Alberta, Canada, the  ‘Ancient Worlds’ resort and theme park in Dubailand, Dubai, and the China Western Movie Resort and Theme Park in Xian, China.  Jan was creative director for the BC Canada Place in Torino, Italy, for the 2006 Winter Olympics, and co-creative director for the Canada Pavilion at Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan.

During 25 years in Los Angeles, Jan was a Senior VP, Creative Development for Walt Disney Imagineering, leading major international Theme Park projects and heading up Location-Based Entertainment (LBE) design.  Jan had Executive Producer and/or Creative Director roles on such major themed attractions as Disney Studios Paris, and Disneyland Hong Kong.  His LBE concepts included DisneyQuest, Club Disney, and Flagship Stores for Las Vegas and New York’s 5th Avenue.

Jan was on the Piano + Rogers architectural design team of the Centre Pompidou.  He has also created award-winning media projects for the J. Paul Getty Museum and NASA. Originally from the UK, Jan holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and has taught design at UCLA and the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
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