JLG Hires Sport Principal Jason Marshall, Former NHL Player

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – May 23, 2024 – JLG Architects is excited to continue growth of its award-winning Sports Studio, welcoming Licensed Architect (CA) Jason Marshall as the newest Sport Principal.

Marshall, a former NHL defenseman, bolsters JLG’s already deep hockey bench. The firm is celebrating several recent wins, including the opening of Augustana University’s Midco Arena (2024), Sacred Heart University’s Martire Family Arena (2023), Colorado College Ed Robson Arena (2021), and upgrades to University of Minnesota’s 3M Arena at Ridder (2023). The firm was recently named the 2024 ENR Design Firm of the Year (Colorado, Wyoming, Dakotas), and earned recognition as the 2023 Global 100 Best Ice Hockey Arena Architects (Upper Midwest USA).

Marshall will expand JLG’s footprint by working from California, where the long-time Anaheim Ducks d-man is an ambassador for the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Learn to Play program. He joins a national team of over 200 as an employee-owner, working directly with JLG’s Sports Studio leader, Tom Betti, AIA, NCARB, Principal Architect.

JLG’s Sports Studio is currently leading the design of the Fargo Sports Complex, Fargo, ND, Maple Grove Community Center, Maple Grove, MN, The Athletics Events Center at Dakota State University in Madison, SD, Mosaic Quarter in Tucson, AZ, Runestone Community Center addition in Alexandria, MN, and the New Lenox Crossroads Sports Complex, in New Lenox, Il – a $70 million, 100-acre outdoor sports complex.

“Jason has had an outstanding career in both hockey and architecture, so we’re excited to have him on our team. It’s a great opportunity to leverage Jason’s passion for hockey and sports, not only within our Sports Studio but also with our West Coast clients – giving them direct access to all JLG’s expertise.”

Tom Betti, AIA NCARB – Sports Studio Leader, JLG Architects

Originally from Cranbrook, British Columbia, Marshall was drafted by the St. Louis Blues with the ninth pick in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, making his NHL debut with the Blues in 1991. Marshall’s NHL career also included stops in Anaheim (1994-2001), Washington (2001), Minnesota (2001-2004), and San Jose (2004).

After retiring from hockey in 2008, Marshall spent two years in the Architectural Technology program at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA, before transferring to California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2016. Prior to licensure, Marshall had completed a two-season internship at Woodley Architectural Group and three seasons alongside the renowned Canadian-born American architect, Frank Gehry, CC, FAIA. Gehry, once referred to as “the most important architect of our age” by Vanity Fair, is the designer of the National Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. Marshall was employed by Gehry Partners until 2022, before transitioning to LPA, Inc. in Irvine, CA.

Marshall’s portfolio consists of a wide-range of projects, including: The Grand LA, Los Angeles, CA; Facebook Headquarters, Menlo Park, CA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; LA River, Los Angeles, CA; Alexanderplatz, Berlin, GER; Hoag Hospital Sun Family Campus, Irvine, CA; Colburn Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA; 8150 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA; Community Building, Edwards Life Sciences, Irvine, CA; and Arista Networks Headquarters, Santa Clara, CA.

With his remote position at JLG Architects, Marshall will remain active in his role as an NHLPA ambassador, in addition to his roles as varsity hockey assistant coach at Santa Margarita Catholic High School and youth hockey coach for the Anaheim Ducks Jr. team in Irvine, CA – a position he has held since 2009.


About JLG Architects

In 1989, JLG Architects emerged in the Midwest as a two-person firm founded by Gary Johnson and Lonnie Laffen. With a “DESIGN for LIFE” approach to architecture, their integrity and vision became the firm’s catalyst for national growth in leadership, peer education, and client connectivity. Today, JLG is a national pacesetter and home to over 200 employee-owners across nine offices. The firm is expertly engineered to advance the sectors of higher education, K12, medical, sport, wellness, and community design.

Through collaborative solutions, nurtured relationships, and environmental stewardship, the firm invokes a lifelong approach to design with unified goals at the helm: increase clients’ well-being, brand, bottom line, and sustainability. We take our clients’ success personally, driving design that engages occupants, elevates architectural standards, and enriches the lives of our clients and community.