Celebrating International Women's Day

March 8, 2024: People

At Warren and Mahoney, we are committed to having a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential. To support and celebrate International Women's Day, we introduce a few of the many talented women at Warren and Mahoney.

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Bianca Hau – Architectural Graduate, Wellington

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What do you enjoy most about working at Warren and Mahoney?

During my time at Warren and Mahoney, I’ve had the opportunity to engage in diverse projects spanning workplace fitouts, RFP submissions and work for the Department of Corrections. It’s rare to encounter a role where you’re exposed to varied professions offering learning opportunities. I find it very inspiring to be able to interact with the individuals we design for. This ties meaning to not only the way we design, but also the people who use the spaces.

What projects/work have you most enjoyed at Warren and Mahoney?

I have had the privilege of working on a variety of projects across different phases. I particularly enjoyed the creative design process of RFP submissions. The fast pace of a submission pushes you to explore every possible outcome, whether through conversations, digital modelling or physical modelling. There is freedom to design and create, while also providing a space to test, observe, and learn from others around you.

Which female do you most admire?

The person I admire the most is my mum. Her laughter lights up the room. She is the hardest working individual I know and has always inspired me with her kindness. Throughout my life, she has been an immense source of support and has served as a role model for my work ethic and outlook on life.

What’s the best piece of career advice you have been given?

Let your curiosity drive your learning - the knowledge you gain on the way can't be taken from you.

Tamara Tongatule – Studio Manager, Auckland

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What do you enjoy most about working at Warren and Mahoney?

Hands down, it’s the people. We spend a lot of time with our colleagues, and fortunately Warren and Mahoney is filled with many amazingly intelligent, motivated, and funny people, who make me feel like I am part of a family. It also helps that the variety of my work keeps me interested, engaged, and fulfilled.

What projects/work have you most enjoyed at Warren and Mahoney?

So much has happened in the last two years while I’ve been the Auckland Studio Manager. What I enjoy most is the variety and diverse range of work that makes up my role from premises management, health and safety, supplier management, and event co-ordination, planning, co-ordinating and organising the administration functions and our sustainability commitments.

Which female do you most admire?

Mum - she’s my person. Mum has overcome many obstacles in her life, and is now a self-made woman who gives back to the community and supports her family.

What’s the best piece of career advice you have been given?

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

Kate Roach – Principal, Melbourne

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What do you enjoy most about working at Warren and Mahoney?

Its energising to be around such a young, enthusiastic team – there are so many bright and talented people. It’s really uplifting. I love feeling part of something special.

What projects/work have you most enjoyed at Warren and Mahoney?

For the past eight years, I have been running a small practice mostly residential focused, so I’ve got a real kick out of being part of large teams and working on public buildings at Warren and Mahoney. A delightful change to designing underwear drawers to millimetre precision.

Which female do you most admire?

There are so many extraordinary women whose achievements have left a mark on my life. However, I think the most powerful example of inspiration comes from those you are closest with, and for me that’s my grandmother. At 97, she has lived a life full of love. She has always been incredibly kind to people and generous with her time, always interested, and overflowing with stories from an encounter with someone she just met or a memory of someone from her past. People and their energy have given her life great purpose and I think that is a magnificent way to live.

What’s the best piece of career advice you have been given?

To ask for help! Don’t try to figure things out alone – always better to lean into the expertise and experience around you.

Bridget White – Senior Associate, Queenstown

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What do you enjoy most about working at Warren and Mahoney?

All the great people I have met so far, and the excellent coffee 😉

What projects/work have you most enjoyed at Warren and Mahoney?

Seeing as I’m new here, it’s been about getting to know Warren and Mahoney’s diverse and inspiring portfolio.

Which female do you most admire?

There are many! Narges Mohammadi, Greta Thunberg, Zaha Hadid - those willing to take a leap into uncomfortable territory and challenge conventions.

What’s the best piece of career advice you have been given?

Surround yourself with those you aspire to be like.

Dionne Pajares – Intermediate Architectural Graduate, Christchurch

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What do you enjoy most about working at Warren and Mahoney?

I am particularly drawn to the workplace flexibility, sustainability advocacy, involvement in outstanding projects and the opportunity to collaborative with talented individuals who are leaders in their fields, both within Aotearoa and globally.

What projects/work have you most enjoyed at Warren and Mahoney?

One memorable project is a defence project, where I had the opportunity to contribute as part of the Wellington team, specifically focusing on joinery work. My experience during visits to Wellington for this project were great. Another significant project was in health, where I was entrusted with managing a package of work and overseeing an outsourced team. Additionally, I played a role in facilitating the Greenstar documentation for this project.

Which female do you most admire?

I admire many women, particularly those who are passionate about their pursuits, excel in their fields or have overcome personal challenges. I am especially inspired by women who have positively impacted the lives of others despite adversity. Among those who I admire are J. K. Rowling and my grandmother.

What’s the best piece of career advice you have been given?

My father once told me - avoid being paralysed by fear, venture outside your comfort zone and take a risk. Following his guidance took me places, quite literally.

Sabine Gibson – Senior Architectural Graduate, Auckland

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What do you enjoy most about working at Warren and Mahoney?

Ever since joining Warren and Mahoney, I have been overwhelmed by the respect shown to everyone. No matter your level or experience, your voice has a place.

What projects/work have you most enjoyed at Warren and Mahoney?

Although I have worked on several great projects,, my passion lies in education work, and I enjoy these a bit more. So, our current project with an independent school in Auckland has probably been the most enjoyable project so far. It may be a relatively small project, but it is filled with challenging nuggets.

Which female do you most admire?

It may be a bit cliché, but the woman I admire most is my mother. Everything she was and did has shaped and grounded the woman that I am today. I was an extremely shy child and she taught me to embrace who I was and not be embarrassed if I was different, but rather be proud of it. She taught me ownership of my own narrative and path by doing the same herself. Even though she didn’t have the easiest road through life, she taught me to find the joy in the moment. And above all, to value the people around you.

What’s the best piece of career advice you have been given?

Work somewhere where you are being challenged and have room to grow.