Jan Sircus was Senior Vice President of Creative Development at Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), leading teams developing new product for Theme Parks and Urban Entertainment. He was the Executive Producer and Creative Director for “Disney Studios” Paris, and the Executive Creative Director responsible for the concept design of the Disneyland theme park in Hong Kong; a total of more than $1 billion of international creative development. During more than twelve years at WDI, Jan also headed up the Location Based Entertainment Group, developing new urban entertainment products for other Disney Business Units (Club Disney, Disney Quest, Disney Stores, etc.), and investigating related on-line opportunities.
Before moving to the United States, Jan worked as an architect in Switzerland and France. In Paris during the mid-70’s, he was on Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano’s architectural design team for the innovative “Centre Pompidou” Art Museum and the Boulez “Institute for Research and Coordination of Acoustics and Music” (IRCAM). Jan has taught design at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and at UCLA.
Jan was born in Liverpool, England, and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland. He graduated from Liverpool University with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture with first class honors and the gold medal. Jan received his Master’s degree in Architecture from UCLA, where he also received the top awards.