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“The new terminal extension takes advantage of the outstanding natural light and views. It’s a relaxing environment for travellers and visitors.”

Katherine Skipper

Wellington International Airport spans between Evans Bay to the North and the rugged South Coast, with views from the main domestic terminal passenger lounge across the tarmac to the Western Hills.

When Warren and Mahoney was appointed to design an extension to the Main Terminal lounge, design architects and Principals in the Wellington studio, Ralph Roberts and Rodney Sampson, wanted passengers and visitors alike to be able to experience and enjoy the stunning views to the apron and South Coast.

The Wellington Airport Terminal South Extension project has been designed to meet projected passenger demand to 2013. Warren and Mahoney Wellington Principal Katherine Skipper was project architect in charge of the extension, which has added 35 metres in length to the original airport terminal building and widened lounge connection to the Southern gate lounges to accommodate centralised security screening positions.

She says the Warren and Mahoney team’s vision was to design a terminal with a ‘connected lounge’ feeling – utilising the expansion to showcase Wellington to international and domestic travellers, and provide travellers with a clear view of departing and arriving aircraft and the hustle and bustle of all tarmac operations, all from the comfort of the lounge.

 “The building has amazing views out to the South Coast. Part of the reason we extended the windows is so we continue the immediacy of the view out to the apron.”

The main terminal lounge extension typically matches the original terminal lounge design. With structural steel frames, glass facades and extensive use of timber veneer throughout, the lounge provide an open and clear lounge space to accommodate passenger requirements and airport operations.

Beyond the main Terminal building lounge, the link to the South West Pier has been widened to accommodate AVSEC screening and arriving passenger control systems. Crafted glue laminated structural columns, curve gracefully around the building to support the glass facades. The glass stretches tautly across the timber, protecting passengers from the robust environment outside while also allowing them to closely observe the airport operations on the apron below, and feel connected to sweeping views across the apron to the South Coast and Lyall Bay. The result is a highly operational environment which still feels like a lounge.

The design, says Katherine Skipper, seeks to create spaces which are “memorable and creative” and is a reflection of the importance of the airport as both “first and last experience of Wellington” for millions of visitors each year.

“The new terminal extension takes advantage of the outstanding natural light and views. It’s a relaxing environment for travellers and visitors.”

The TSE (Terminal South Extension) project also provided the opportunity to design new bespoke carpets which reflect the airport and city’s proximity to Wellington harbour, with reflected beams of light and colour angling towards the city across a rippling background. At key locations, the work of local artists has been integrated into the carpet.

Katherine Skipper says that working on the three-year project was “intellectually stimulating.”

 “It is challenging working at an operational airport, especially for the contractor, as the client’s operational requirements must be maintained throughout.”

But the resultant design, she says, provides a memorable experience for passengers at one of Wellington’s gateways to the city.


Main Terminal Building Extension - An internal palette of timber veneer, glass and structural steel to match the existing Terminal finishes. External envelope to match existing one, including aluminium, panel and glass façade system, sheet cladding and profiled metal cladding.

South West Pier Link Extension - Glue Laminated structural timber columns supporting a unitised glass façade, glue laminated ceiling beams supporting folded perforated metal ceiling panels and integrated services.

South Pier Extension - Structural steel frames and timber frame construction to match existing finishes with full height windows to ramped areas. Profiled metal cladding.

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"It has been a privilege to be involved with such a foundational civic building within the rebuild of the city. We are extremely proud to have delivered a transformative development that will make a significant contribution to the future Christchurch."

Andrew Barclay

Following a site blessing by Ngāi Tahu in July and the official opening ceremony by the Prime Minister, the Christchurch Justice & Emergency Services Precinct continues to undergo final tenant fit-out in readiness for operations.

Warren and Mahoney architects, working in association with Opus Architecture and Cox Architects from Australia, took the design lead in the development which brings together the Ministry of Justice, NZ Police, Department of Corrections, as well as Fire and Emergency NZ (formerly the NZ Fire Service), Civil Defence and St John. “It’s going to be exciting to see this ambitious project contributing to everyday services of the city. It’s a critical step forward in rebuilding and rethinking the social urban fabric,” says Warren and Mahoney director Andrew Barclay.

The precinct houses 19 courtrooms, judges’ chambers, a state-of-the-art emergency operations centre and car-parking for operational vehicles in an open and user-friendly facility. “Courts and police buildings throughout the 19th and 20th century were densely massed and visually impenetrable but this complex invites the public into its heart,” says Barclay.

The challenge for the design team was to achieve the architectural gravitas required of a civic complex and the attendant stringent security requirements while maintaining an open-natured environment. Keeping certain elements transparent was an important part of the master plan. On every elevation of the Justice Building, there are glassed areas which allow foot traffic and the immediate community to feel some connectivity with the occupants of these spaces. A lane that runs between Lichfield and Tuam streets further enhances the permeability of the site. 

At the centre of the complex is a framed open square with landscaping and informal seating, a courtyard typology that is familiar to the people of Christchurch. Staff and visitors will be able to sit in the sunlight and eat their lunch or meet at the coffee outlet that faces on to this green heart. “It’s part of the design strategy to decrease stress for visitors to the courts environment by offering higher amenity to the public,” says lead architect Nick Warring.

The courtyard allows several points where people can see through to the context of the city. It also acts as a powerful orientation feature for those navigating the complex. In a similar vein, the entrances from the two main street addresses lead into a multi-storey atrium. Filled with natural light, the atrium incorporates a coffee kiosk, waiting zones and customer service areas to provide a welcoming face to the public

The material palette of bronzed aluminium, basalt, limestone, glass and timber lend ‘civic weight’ in a contemporary way. “We chose robust materials to convey permanence and used them to delineate the public realm from the support spaces for critical services,” says Warring.  One example is the first floor of the Justice Building which is bounded by full-height glazing to form a visual break between the darker stone base and the light-coloured limestone that clads the courtrooms on the upper levels of the building. Timber-battened soffits and ceiling panels provide a softer foil to the stone and glass and are also used to delineate the public spaces within the precinct.

Warren and Mahoney and the Ministry of Justice were keen to engage with local iwi on the design strategy and one physical manifestation of this collaboration is the frit-printed glass façade that faces Durham Street. Ngāi Tahu/Ngāi Tūāhuriri artist Lonnie Hutchinson designed an abstracted pattern derived from huia feathers which was digitally printed onto 100 panels of toughened glass. “There was a desire for something that was both meaningful to Ngāi Tahu/Ngāi Tūāhuriri and spoke of the ideals and delivery of justice. The avian theme and reference to the huia feather were recurring elements in the workshop sessions,” explains Warring. The huia feather alludes to an historic alliance formed between Ngāi Tahu and the Crown in 1936. The glass pattern itself provides solar protection for the building occupants and throws subtle shadows into the courtrooms while not completely obscuring the view. Hutchinson also worked closely with Warren and Mahoney to produce a delicately sculpted but striking metal cloak that shrouds the carpark building from the street. “Working alongside the artists was a unique opportunity to impart a hand-crafted touch and bring a sense of soul to the complex,” says Warring.

Seismically, the building is graded to Importance Level 4, particularly pertinent to the Emergency Operations Centre which, through careful design, links seamlessly to the workspaces of each of the six emergency services agencies in the complex. The building’s resilient structure will ensure uninterrupted and standalone function for at least 72 hours should an event occur that renders the city infrastructure inoperable.

All in all, around 2000 people will work in or use the complex each day and with a total floor area of 42,000m(the equivalent of two full-size city blocks), this is the largest, multi-agency government project in New Zealand’s history.

“It has been a privilege to be involved with such a foundational civic building within the rebuild of the city. We are extremely proud to have delivered a transformative development that will make a significant contribution to the future Christchurch,” says Barclay.   

View more about this project here.

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Furthering our commitment to supporting the next generation of Interior Designers, the Warren and Mahoney MIA Scholarship has been established to recognise talented individuals and to offer the opportunity to build closer ties with our firm and with the wider interior design industry.

This scholarship is open to applicants from the Victoria University of Wellington in their 4th or 5th year (Part 1 or Part 2) of study on the Master Interior Architecture Degree. We are looking for an individual who demonstrates a flair for design and innovation, along with good communication skills and a high level of academic achievement.

The Warren and Mahoney MIA Scholarship will reward the successful candidate with a $2,000 grant, and a summer internship within our Wellington studio.

How to apply: 

  • Complete the online application form
  • Provide a letter of motivation, detailing why you wish to hold this scholarship with Warren and Mahoney
  • Submit a portfolio showcasing your best work (must not exceed 10MB)

To download the application form, click here.

For more information about this award, contact:
The Scholarships Office Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
New Zealand

Phone: (04) 463 5113 or (04) 463 5557


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The Festival of Architecture is the successor to Architecture Week, run by the New Zealand Institute of Architects with the support of other like-minded professional and industry organisations.

This year’s Festival of Architecture, which runs from the 7th-17th September, sees the scope and ambition of Architecture Week widened with events and activities designed to celebrate architecture – and its importance to the life of New Zealand’s towns and cities.

Warren and Mahoney is a major sponsor of the travelling 2017 Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition, Future Islands, part of the Festival of Architecture.


Future Islands Venice Architecture Biennale exhibition, Future Islands
7-17 September
Objectspace, 13 Rose Road, Ponsonby

Unitec Exhibition and Women in Fabrication Installation
9-17 September
Warren and Mahoney, Mason Bros., 139 Pakenham St West, Auckland

Green Building Walking Tour

9 September, 10am - 12pm
On this tour, architects and clients will take you inside key green buildings and share their experience and stories about the buildings – from design to day-to-day operations – and their visions and expectations for further advancements in the field of green building. 
The tour starts and finishes at Warren and Mahoney, Mason Bros., 139 Pakenham Street West

Powerpoint Karaoke

15 September, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
A drink and a cringe as our line up of creative presenters attempt to confidently and coherently present from slides they’ve never seen before. If you’ve ever seen a Pecha Kucha then be warned… this will be nothing like that. 
Warren and Mahoney, Mason Bros., 139 Pakenham St West, Auckland

Warren and Mahoney Auckland Open Studio

16 September, 11am - 2pm
Ever wondered what goes on in an architect's studio? Drop into our studio and find out what makes us tick.
Warren and Mahoney, Mason Bros., 139 Pakenham St West, Auckland


Design Forum Series
6 September, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Featuring Warren and Mahoney, Wilkie and Bruce and Athfield Architects; MC Johnny Moore and facilitators Andrew Just and Chris Moller.DL Lecture Theatre, ARA

Warren and Mahoney Christchurch Open Studio

9 September, 1pm-2pm
Drop in to Warren and Mahoney in Christchurch and find out what goes in inside one of New Zealand's leading design firms. 
Warren and Mahoney, 254 Montreal Street, Christchurch

Simon Devitt: We Trust Our Eyes Too Much
12 September, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Join Simon Devitt for an illustrated talk on his practice as a photographer of architecture, people and place. 
Warren and Mahoney Foyer, 254 Montreal Street, Christchurch


Warren and Mahoney Wellington Open Studio
15 September, 3.30pm - 6.30pm
Take a free, self-guided tour (download map) of local architecture practices and find out about the new and interesting works being created by some of Wellington’s best architects 
Warren and Mahoney, 87 The Terrace, Wellington

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While as architects we clearly recognise the importance of business in the way we interact with clients, we realised we needed to import greater in-depth expertise in order to communicate more strongly with our end users – our clients and the people and communities that inhabit our buildings.

Peter Marshall, Managing Director

We are pleased to announced three new executive appointments to assist and manage the expansion of the practice in New Zealand, Australia and the Asia/Pacific region.

The appointments, which are newly created positions, include: Amy Phillips, Group Brand and Communications Officer; Aaron Beveridge, Group Chief Financial Officer, and Sarah Coleman, Chief People and Culture Officer. 

Managing Director Peter Marshall said that he and his fellow directors recognised that, for the practice to reach its next stage of development and growth, it needed to introduce people with a wider range of specialist knowledge and skills.

“While as architects we clearly recognise the importance of business in the way we interact with clients, we realised we needed to import greater in-depth expertise in order to communicate more strongly with our end users – our clients and the people and communities that inhabit our buildings.

“We are growing and becoming more sophisticated, as is the world we occupy, and to bring the best service to our clients, we need to have people with special skills for specialist jobs.”

Marshall said these appointments would allow a return to “our core expertise and skills as architects.”

Over the past decade our practice, which last year celebrated its 60th anniversary, has expanded from a staff of 90 to our current team of around 290 people in seven studios in both New Zealand and Australia.

The three appointees bring a wealth of local and international experience to their new roles.

Amy Phillips joined the practice from the position of General Manager for Colenso BBDO/Proximity (part of the Clemenger Group), where she was lead executive on the Spark, BNZ and VISA accounts. During her time in this role, Colenso/BBDO was recognised as New Zealand’s most effective agency of the year in 2016. Prior to that Amy spent seven years at Clemenger Group agencies Clemenger BBDO Melbourne and CHE Proximity in Australia as well as working with Wunderman in London, Melbourne and Auckland.

At Warren and Mahoney Phillips says she wants to “harness the power of our brand.”

“My mandate is to develop strategies that continue to drive the business forward and to ensure the things that have made Warren and Mahoney great are scalable so we succeed in more markets.”

“The role of the brand should be as a business unifying platform: the connective tissue between our brilliant people, our clients and the market.”

Warren and Mahoney already has a very strong brand, she says, and is known for large-scale developments, craftsmanship and safe hands that deal with the most challenging projects. However, in Australia, she says, “As the new people in town, we have to tell a different story. That freshness is compelling and people will be interested to know what it is that makes us different. We have a legacy in New Zealand but we need to make that relevant and compelling in the Australian context.”

Phillips says that the way Warren and Mahoney can further differentiate itself, and continue to grow is through a focus on customer experience, and “the way you design customer experience is through putting yourselves in the shoes of clients and solving their needs.”

Phillips says her past experience has been based on understanding clients’ unmet needs and effectively developing new ways of being useful and valuable.

“In Melbourne I was involved in transforming a large agency and redefining it based on technology, which is disrupting all our industries including architecture. There are similarities between architecture firms and creative agencies.  We are both selling the value of craft and design. Importantly we are selling a vision and getting buy in into that vision through trust.”

Aaron Beveridge, who has been appointed Group Chief Financial Officer, spent nearly 10 years in Abu Dhabi and Dubai working for Etihad Airways.

Beveridge, who has a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato, qualified as a chartered accountant and worked for companies as diverse as Nestle and Vodafone before deciding to work overseas. An early-morning phone call from Etihad Airways asking him to fly to Abu Dhabi for a job interview gave him that opportunity.

“I didn’t know anything about the United Arab Emirates and even less about Abu Dhabi and Etihad.”

From Vice President of Finance he was promoted to Vice President of Supply Chain Management, a role which included all the procurement for the airline including some interesting experiences negotiating with the Chinese over oil deals. Beveridge says that anyone with “initiative” did well at Etihad and he finished his time there as Vice President of Project Management Office.

After nearly 10 years in the Middle East he was approached by CityCare in post-earthquake Christchurch, which looked after the below-ground infrastructure.  At the end of 2015, he joined Dairy NZ, which provided scientific research for the dairy industry.

He says he was attracted to Warren and Mahoney because “first and foremost their product is about great design. We can’t deliver great design unless we have great people. We can’t attract great people unless we are doing great projects.  Here is a company that gets the connection between all the key elements that contribute to success.

“I come from a world where every month there were a set of narrow financial goals and people had to make a lot of short-term decisions, not always for the best strategically.  That business model has become very awkward for me to become connected to as the longer-term success was being sacrificed for short-term, one-dimensional goals”

Beveridge asked the board of Warren and Mahoney how they scored “success”.

“It hinged on being in certain markets and having an excellent brand and clear strategic plan. Warren and Mahoney has a desire to carry out a wide range of diverse projects; value architectural design and quality; ensure our people are challenged and excited by the projects, which all ensures an appropriate business outcome. It was the first time I had heard someone valuing those things equally.

“My goal is to be able to measure success every month in a balanced scorecard styled methodology. The company wants to track its clients, its people, its financial performance, its projects and its initiatives. To get to the next stage of growth we need to score this in a way that we can know if we are behind or ahead of where we want to be. That is the fascinating part for me.”

Sarah Coleman, who has been appointed Chief People and Culture Officer, brings broad experience in human resources from New Zealand and overseas.

Coleman has spent much of her career working in professional services. After gaining her legal qualification, she worked as an employment lawyer in New Zealand and London, and then moved into consulting roles in two global human resources consultancies.  After gaining corporate experience with SKYCITY Entertainment Group, Sarah returned to professional services as HR Director for leading law firm, Chapman Tripp. During her five years there, Coleman says there was a real focus on the firm's people, culture and values, with the firm being recognised internationally for its diversity initiatives and winning legal industry Employer of Choice awards.  Most recently, Coleman has been Director of People and Capability at the Financial Markets Authority, the financial services regulator.

Coleman says what attracted her to Warren and Mahoney was that it is “a leading brand in New Zealand in terms of design. Further, they are ambitious in their outlook and in their growth plans for New Zealand and Australia.” 

She observes that what is critical to Warren and Mahoney being able to achieve their goals is having top quality people and she looks forward to helping the organisation develop strategies to attract, develop and retain the best architects and designers.  “With a quality brand like Warren and Mahoney, we are able to get very talented people in the door.  But we need to ensure we continue to invest in our people and that we have a positive, high performing culture so that our people are highly engaged and have opportunities to develop and thrive.” 

Coleman views that as critically important, both for the business and for clients. “Clients don’t want to change architects half way through a major project. Retaining engaged and motivated employees has to be a priority to ensure Warren and Mahoney continues to deliver outstanding work to our clients.  Further, if you look after your people, they are the best ambassadors for your organisation.”