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“We are delighted to announce Neil as principal. With such relevant and important Trans-Tasman experience, he will quickly become a leader in nurturing the talent in our rapidly expanding workplace team.”

Ralph Roberts

Warren and Mahoney is pleased to announce the appointment of  Neil Christopher as Principal based in our Wellington studio.

Neil Christopher has relocated from Australia to take up his position. He will focus on workplace strategy and interior design and be instrumental in leading and developing team capability and growth.

Born in Wales, Christopher holds a Bachelor of Interior Architecture with First Class Honours from the University of New South Wales. His first degree was in theatre, with a subsequent career in acting and arts management. His transition from arts to architecture combines his interest in business and management with a passion for design, while maintaining links to a creative industry.

Christopher has 14 years’ experience working on commercial, governmental and tertiary education design projects for significant clients across Australia, Europe and New Zealand.  He specialises in implementing national design standards, co-ordinating concurrent projects for multi-site clients and creating activity based working (ABW) environments.

“Although we have an acronym for that now, it’s really just a back-to-the-future strategy that I liken to moving from class to class with your schoolbag at secondary school,” Christopher explains. “In a nutshell, it’s about crafting a flexible environment that allows people the opportunity to work in different places for specific tasks.”

His significant achievements include the 14,000m² national fit-out for Hewlett Packard across three locations in Australia, the development of a new workplace strategy for Mercedes-Benz Australia Pacific and the workplace design for the soon-to-be-completed Camden City Council’s Administration offices and Chambers in Sydney. “The planning and design of that workplace not only influenced the base architecture but is innovative in that it will invite members of the public to actually watch the council at work,” says Christopher.

Locally he has previously collaborated with Warren and Mahoney on workplace schemes for Deloitte in Auckland, Wellington’s Asteron/Guardian Trust and the Spark buildings in both cities. “My role is to listen to my clients’ requirements and to assist strategic and design-led solutions that interpret this outcome. I thrive on creating places that people will enjoy being in for eight or nine hours of their day. I believe that workplace strategy and design is a very strong component of personal and professional growth.”

At the Spark buildings in Auckland and Wellington, Warren and Mahoney, in partnership with Geyer, designed atriums that allow the public to permeate the building, which provided the communications service provider a closer connection to the wider populace. “It’s no longer about designing ivory-tower monuments to prosperity, but an architecture and workplace interior that is for the people. It’s exciting to be able to create places that can change the perception of a business or organisation,” says Christopher who will divide his time between Warren and Mahoney studios in Sydney and Wellington.

In addition to his workplace experience, Christopher has significant expertise in the design and delivery of leading Teaching and Learning facilities, Hospitality and Public/Civic projects.

Christopher has been long involved in the integration and alignment of educational pedagogies to contemporary learning spaces and is particularly interested in the benefits of collaborative research where industry and education meet.  His experience has been across large scale library projects (Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide), university and building master planning (Macquarie University) and industry partnerships (Cochlear/Macquarie University).

When working within the public realm, Christopher has enjoyed the design of public spaces such as the new Oran Park Administration Centre in South Western Sydney, a home for Sydney’s newest and fastest growing community where the civic facilities (shop front, council chambers, and public meeting rooms) are created to emphasise inclusion and the sharing of public space within a community. Similarly, he is experienced in the interface for civic and public facilities such as the new ACT Government Civic centre in Gungahlin, ACT; refurbishments of court / justice precincts at Hornsby and Penrith in Sydney; the refurbishment of the library at the High Court of Australia (Canberra), and public spaces at the Reserve Bank of Australia (Canberra).

It is however in the hospitality and leisure space that Christopher has been able to utilise the full gamut of design. Where once hospitality was simply about rooms and restaurants, he is enjoying the change and relishes in the design of environments that cater to travellers that seek a wider experience – technology, ease of use, business, learning and of course leisure. Working with operators to make full use of their assets and capture a potentially wider customer base is exciting. Relevant projects include: Stamford Plaza Melbourne, Starin Apartment Hotel Sydney, Coogee Bay Hotel, Graphic Arts Club Sydney, QT Hotel Canberra and Wests Illawarra Wollongong.

Christopher is looking forward to working alongside new and older colleagues at Warren and Mahoney to see a real growth in the interiors discipline across all sectors.

Ralph Roberts, Regional Principal in the Wellington office, said that this appointment would build on the company’s reputation for delivering innovative, intelligent workplace strategy and design. “We are delighted to announce Neil as principal. With such relevant and important Trans-Tasman experience, he will quickly become a leader in nurturing the talent in our rapidly expanding workplace team.”

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“We are very pleased to welcome Richard to our board. He has extensive experience across key sectors such as tourism, transport and infrastructure and urban design and with organisations that are fast evolving and dynamic.”

John Coop

Warren and Mahoney Limited has announced the appointment of Richard Leggat as an independent director to the practice’s board of directors effective January 2018. The announcement represents an increase in the size of the board from seven to eight directors, with Richard Leggat joining Anne Blackburn as its second independent director. 

Warren and Mahoney’s Chair, John Coop says that as the international architectural design practice continues to grow, it’s important to bolster the diversity of perspectives that help govern the business.

“We are very pleased to welcome Richard to our board. He has extensive experience across key sectors such as tourism, transport and infrastructure and urban design and with organisations that are fast evolving and dynamic.”

“We have benefitted from Anne’s independent perspective for several years, and now in addition look forward to Richard’s expertise and insight as we continue to evolve,” said Coop.

Founded in 1955, the practice today employs almost 300 staff across seven integrated studios: Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Sydney and Melbourne.

Richard Leggat has been a full time director for the past six years with positions on a number of government and sporting organisations including Tourism New Zealand, Education New Zealand, NZ Post, Panuku Development Auckland, Chair of the NZ Cycle Trail, Director of Cycling and Director of Snow Sports NZ.

“Richard’s directorships have reach and presence across New Zealand, giving him insight into key national issues, as well as an understanding of the priorities and objectives of central and local government,” says Coop.

Born and raised in Christchurch, Richard says he grew up surrounded by Warren and Mahoney projects, and is looking forward to deeper involvement with the business as it is today.  

“Warren and Mahoney is a successful business with a great heritage. My experience with Panuku has shown me the importance of the built environment, how it affects people, and enhances the community and people’s lives.                                                      

“I look forward to using the insights I’ve learned from different sectors to help Warren and Mahoney make good decisions that lead to celebrated outcomes that staff are proud of and the community benefits from,” says Leggat.

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As is tradition at Warren and Mahoney, our creative teams have banded together to create our annual Christmas greeting. 

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We wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy festive season.

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Gavin is borderless in his outlook, globally aware and very well placed to serve our clients’ interests both locally, in Australia and further afield internationally.”

John Coop

Warren and Mahoney has appointed former global head of civic and events at Woods Bagot, Gavin Kain, as Principal, fortifying the talented line up of the international team.

Kain’s specialist skills in mixed-use precincts and large-scale projects will see the practice continue to expand its presence in Australasia with a ‘one studio’ approach.

“The time is right to embrace the dissolution of borders through technology and strong, global networks,” says Kain. “Australian and New Zealand architectural studios are highly regarded across the world for our innovation and empathy, and our current remit includes a strong foundation of projects that demonstrate our skills spanning diverse sectors.”

Kain leaves his previous position as global head of the civic and events sector at international architecture firm Woods Bagot, where he led design teams on major civic and public buildings, acting as liaison between the client, designers, engineers and other community stakeholders. While at the firm, Kain spent time based in Brisbane, Adelaide, Auckland, and Sydney.

“A key skill in undertaking large-scale projects is the ability to form a strategic alliance with clients, teams, and stakeholders,” says Kain.

“It is imperative to collaborate, listen and respond at every stage of the project timeline. Warren and Mahoney’s process ensures a diversity of perspectives, making for a stronger whole and mitigating risks throughout.”

His two decades of experience has seen him undertake projects and industry roles across the globe, from Vancouver to Dubai, including government design review panels, architectural award juries, and university positions.

Chairman of Warren and Mahoney, John Coop, said it was an ambitious period for the practice and Kain’s appointment aligned with the strategy to develop closer relationships between the seven studios across New Zealand and Australia.

“Gavin’s strength lies in finding the commonalities and differences in each environment,” says Coop.

“He is borderless in his outlook, globally aware and very well placed to serve our clients’ interests both in the Asia Pacific and further afield internationally.” 

Kain’s expansive expertise will add significant weight to the studio’s capabilities. He is a world-wide leader in the design of convention centres, and was a key member of the design team for the New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland.

Kain was also responsible for the design of the $400m Adelaide Convention Centre, the New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland, the masterplan for the $250m Christchurch Convention Centre, as well as the concept design for major facilities in Asia, Africa and North America.

“Convention centres are often viewed as big, un-activated boxes, but of interest to me is the way they can contribute to city building and be of value to the community. I always ask ‘what will this mean to the place and the people?’” says Kain.

“The Adelaide Convention Centre presented a satisfying opportunity to regenerate part of the city. In some ways, building at its location in North Terrace was the most difficult option, but the outcome was better for visitors and the community.

“The convention centre became a missing piece of the puzzle that stitched the city and river together.”

Kain’s expertise extends over multiple sectors. Notably, he led the $200m South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) masterplan, which includes up to 25,000sqm of space within a sculptural building in the heart of Adelaide’s medical and health precinct.

He also worked alongside Warren and Mahoney for five years on the masterplan of the NZ$400m New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland, and worked alongside the team on the Christchurch Blueprint and the Commercial Bay mixed-use project.

“I’m excited to join a company that has global aspirations where the design focus reflects and strengthens communities,” says Kain.

Kain will work across projects in both New Zealand and Australia. 

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Warren and Mahoney, has announced the promotion of Nick Deans and Barrington Gohns to Principal, marking a significant phase of growth for the practice as it continues to expand its presence in Australasia.

Nick and Barrington will be assuming the roles of principal at the Melbourne and Auckland studios respectively and will strengthen the practice’s ‘one studio’ approach, whereby its seven studios across Australia and New Zealand function as a collective team.

A senior architect with Warren and Mahoney since 2015, Nick previously held a position at Woods Bagot and is Chair of the Property Council of Australia’s Future Directions Committee Australia, and an active member of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Nicks’ architectural design work spans a range of sectors including commercial, multi- residential, and tertiary design. He has worked closely with developer, GURNER™’s founder Tim Gurner on several of his latest residential projects including Regent Apartments, Stanley Street Apartments, and the upcoming rejuvenation of The Spanish Club.

Nick's collaborative approach to design mirrors Warren and Mahoney’s commitment to working in strategic partnership with its clients.

“ My career has been built around the strength of professional service and the development of client relationships over a period of time,” said Nick.

“ I am a strong collaborator and am transparent in my approach to design. I am proud to work at a studio that embraces this approach, and brings innovative and functional ideas to all sectors of design.

“ As a trans-Tasman practice, Warren and Mahoney brings a fresh set of eyes and a point of difference to the Australian market.”

Barrington has been with Warren and Mahoney since his days at the University of Auckland in 2009, where he quickly built up a team of specialist graduates to test new environments within private and public-use spaces.

Barringtons’ experience includes major commercial and public projects including the redevelopment of TVNZ, the design and development of five-star Hotel 3 at Auckland Airport and the recently completed mixed-use star car showroom for Giltrap Group.

“ Warren and Mahoney has worked on shaping cities over the past 60 years, creating sustainable communities that bring people together,” said Barrington. 

“This experience gives the studio a unique perspective on city-making that drives us to always look at new and innovative ways of approaching design.”

Gohns’ approach continues to push beyond the realms of traditional architecture, working to create visual installations and technology-driven designs that deliver outstanding results.

Nick and Barrington will work collaboratively across various projects and teams in Australia and New Zealand. 

Chairman of Warren and Mahoney, John Coop, said the promotions mark an important step in Warren and Mahoney’s growth strategy.

“ Nick and Barrington will move into our leadership team, driving us forward and enhancing the skills and capabilities of studio,” said John.

“ As an international practice, our team is comprised of some of the most talented designers from around the world, each of whom bring their own unique set of skills and experience.

“ We are a 300-strong team, and we leverage that experience and hone those skills in the pursuit of architectural excellence.”

Warren and Mahoney has also recently promoted the following individuals to Associate:


Thomas Hansen 

Edward Salib 


Holly Campbell

Ngata Tapsell

Sebastian Hamilton


Cheryl Kilpatrick