A talented and natural leader, Katherine Skipper has been appointed Wellington Studio Principal and has taken up a Board Member position in New Zealand.
“Katherine is a talented and natural leader, and her appointment to the board is a major milestone for the practice as we create opportunities for all of our leadership talent.” John Coop
Warren and Mahoney today announced that Katherine Skipper will take the role of Studio Principal of the practice’s Wellington studio.
Katherine began her architectural career with Warren and Mahoney, and after 10 years of running her own business, rejoined the practice in 2012 and has been a Principal since 2015. In addition to her new role as Studio Principal, Katherine will take up a position as a Board Member in New Zealand, effective immediately.
Warren and Mahoney Managing Director John Coop said that Katherine is an experienced architect and team leader with natural governance skills and experience, developed on major projects and in her role as Chair of the Wellington branch of the NZIA.
“Katherine is a talented and natural leader, and her appointment to the board is a major milestone for the practice as we create opportunities for all of our leadership talent,” said John Coop.
Katherine has led several projects of note in the Wellington region including the recently completed South Terminal Extension of Wellington International Airport, and Toi | Art; the first project completed as part of the Te Papa Renewal Project. In addition to the five year Te Papa Renewal Project, Katherine currently leads the multi-disciplinary NZDF Precinct Block Planning Project, planning for future Defence Estate Regeneration across New Zealand.
Katherine is looking forward to the opportunity to provide leadership within the studio and a perspective at a governance level for Warren and Mahoney.
"I am immensely proud to be appointed to the Studio Principal and Board roles, following on from Ralph's dynamic leadership of the Wellington studio.
“Every day, the depth of talent in our studio team is inspiring and uplifting to me, and this, coupled with a strong year ahead for our Wellington studio provides confidence,” said Skipper.
Ralph Roberts, who has been in the role since 2009, will take up a greater market-facing role, focusing on design development, discussion and collaboration across Warren and Mahoney’s wider studio network.
Katherine’s new role as Wellington Studio Principal is also effective immediately.