Celebrating International Women's Day

March 6, 2020: News, People

Sunday the 8th March celebrates International Women's Day, recognising the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year's theme, #EachforEqual, focuses on how we can accelerate gender parity. To support and acknowledge International Women's Day, we introduce a few of the many talented women at Warren and Mahoney.

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Amy Bayliss
Associate Queenstown

What do you enjoy most about working at W+M?

Throughout Warren and Mahoney, it's the people that are the best. In the Queenstown studio I enjoy that we have a small team environment within a large practice and get the benefits associated with that.

What projects have you most enjoyed working on at W+M?

I've worked almost exclusively on high-end residential projects since starting at Warren and Mahoney in 2012. With residential projects you are nearly always going along with the clients on an emotive and personal journey for them. Millbrook House was a project where we had great clients who, together with ourselves, the contractor and project manager, all worked as a cohesive team to achieve a great end result for the client. The recent Bendemeer House is a project I'd taken from initiation to the start of construction. The house is now almost completed, is looking great and I'm excited to see the end result.

Which female do you most admire (alive or dead)?

I think it's great that girls growing up in New Zealand have some really inspiring role models to look up to such as Jacinda Arden, Lorde, Lydia Ko and Parris Goebel. These women have achieved amazing results at an international level and have proved that age or geography are not a barrier to achieving your goals. The fact that Jacinda has managed her career while being a new mum is also pretty phenomenal.

​What advice would you give to our graduates/junior staff starting out in their careers?

  • Having a supportive team and people that take time for mentoring is a great start.
  • Working on a variety of project types and stages gives you a more well-rounded experience and greater adaptability.
  • Ask lots of questions – it's expected.
  • Don't be afraid to pick up the phone – a quick phone-call is often more effective, faster and more informative than an email.
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Vanessa Carswell
Principal Christchurch

What do you enjoy most about working at W+M?

Working with talented, passionate people whom I admire.

What projects have you most enjoyed working on at W+M?

Isaac Theatre Royal and Pita Te Hori/King Edward Barracks

Which female do you most admire (alive or dead)?

It's tough to pick one…Kate Sheppard, Te Atairangikaahu, Alison Brooks

What advice would you give to our graduates/junior staff starting out in their careers?

  • Find the inspiration you need from as broad a base as possible
  • Soak up as much knowledge and encouragement as you can from those you admire
  • Always take the time to understand the 'why' behind every action or task
  • Seek out and research your own pathway forward, and share your ideas
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Jenny Mikoz
Senior Technician Wellington

What do you enjoy most about working at W+M?

The supportive environment and the ability to document projects that are technically difficult, but the final outcome is well resolved and beautiful.

What projects have you most enjoyed working on at W+M?

I enjoy projects that are technically challenging or require research (sometimes the ones that are most trying are the ones I end up loving the most when complete). My favourites are The Nest Wellington Zoo Hospital, Waihinga Martinborough Community Centre, Public Trust Building Wellington and High Commission of India (my current project).

Which female do you most admire (alive or dead)?

I don't have an individual woman I admire; it is more of an attitude that I admire. I admire women who go out and make things happen for themselves in an understated manner, setting goals and planning for their futures, rather than relying on others to achieve their goals.

​What advice would you give to our graduates/junior staff starting out in their careers?

  • Take every opportunity to get onsite that you can, ask questions to further your understanding of how buildings go together. The teams onsite really appreciate you making the effort to understand the practicalities of building - you will design and document better buildings for it.
  • I'd also encourage practical hobbies, for instance I renovate my house and sew (including drafting patterns) – they really help to envision how things are put together and sequenced.
  • Exercise - nothing clears the head better when faced with a tricky problem to overcome.

Kate Henderson
Senior Associate Auckland

What do you enjoy most about working at W+M?

I really enjoy being surrounded by, and collaborating with, talented people where we support and challenge each other to deliver high standards and better outcomes. It's a place where we are consistently wanting to remain ahead of the game. We put our clients first which aligns with my personal approach and through design and listening we become a part in assisting our clients and their businesses to change and evolve.

What projects have you most enjoyed working on at W+M?

My role in workplace design gives me the great opportunity to work with some very interesting, ambitious commercial clients allowing me to gain insights into their business, operations and culture.

Every project is unique, and, although at times challenging, are very rewarding as we get to create physical environments that people experience and occupy every day. The objectives and key drivers all differ but we design with wellness, flexibility and the changing workforce in mind.

I have most recently led the design and delivery of PwC's new Auckland premises, a project which has been simultaneously fulfilling and challenging, five years in the making. Seeing it come to life and knowing that it is a completely different environment than they currently occupy is really exciting.

Two projects that were very enjoyable to work on and that we received awards for by the industry were Chapman Tripp Christchurch and Harmos Horton Lusk in Auckland which was very humbling.

​Which female do you most admire (alive or dead!)?

I have been lucky enough to have had some amazing women cross my path, that have become lifelong friends and great colleagues . I admire them for their strength, cleverness, self-belief, humour and support for other women in general. They give me the strength to strive for more, keep me focused, pick me up when I most need it, and surround me with love, support and most importantly laughter.

What advice would you give to our graduates/junior staff starting out in their careers?

  • Put your hand up for opportunities that present themselves
  • Be open to working hard
  • Strive to build a team spirit
  • Our roles have such diversity of tasks and experiences making it a unique profession, so embrace it.