W+M adds degree of talent in Melbourne with new tertiary education Principal

March 1, 2021: News, People

Warren and Mahoney’s Melbourne studio has further graduated its offering, with the appointment of a new Principal, Simon Topliss - an industry expert in tertiary education.

Simon Topliss

A globally-experienced, registered architect, Simon Topliss joins Warren and Mahoney as Principal of their Melbourne studio.

Mr Topliss has significant experience in mass timber technology, having delivered two of Australia’s largest cross laminated timber projects: Gilles Hall at Monash University and a $90M student accommodation build at La Trobe. With specific expertise in the Passive House movement, he regularly speaks to both local and international audiences on these technologies.

Topliss says his passion for Passive House – a design model that delivers ultra-low energy buildings and high-quality end user comfort – will be a key offering for current and future Warren and Mahoney projects.

“Both Passive House design-thinking and the use of mass timber solutions are high on my agenda. Being part of an evolving carbon conversation is about demonstrating industry leadership. And these technologies are very powerful tools to deliver real sustainable outcomes and investment value for our clients.

“I am also excited to bring my complimentary expertise and commitment to designing high quality learning environments to the practice. Warren and Mahoney’s design process responds to the current needs of learning institutions. They’ve been successful in understanding the relationship between quality, agility and designing in partnership with indigenous communities. I look forward to building upon an already strong offering.”

Mr Topliss joins existing Studio Principal Daryl Maguire and Principal Nick Deans.

Maguire oversees key Melbourne sports and recreation developments, such as the La Trobe Sports Park and Stadium. Deans spearheads the practices impressive luxury residential offering, with 2021 welcoming the arrival of many enviable abodes to the marketplace.

Maguire says Topliss’ hire is consistent with the practice’s growth strategy, which focuses on welcoming talent that widens its network, while deepening expertise and building out portfolio strength.

“Our tertiary clients are using this time to look around the curve of the future to design the next generation of learning spaces. Simon’s specialised knowledge and track-record in this sector complements our existing skill set and supports our ongoing work with Deakin University, La Trobe University and Presbyterian Ladies College.

“The best education providers deliver a whole-community experience to their students. Facilities for both teaching and extra-curricular activities are high on the investment agenda, and we are confident of our abilities to perform in this space,” he concludes.