The way we manage form, space and landscape can have a powerful impact on our healing rate and mental health and as a designer I take that responsibility very seriously."Tessa Kingsbury
Warren and Mahoney has announced the appointment of Tessa Kingsbury in the newly created role of Senior Health Specialist for the international architectural design practice’s growing Health Sector team.
Tessa has 25 years’ of international experience, working across complex and large-scale projects to deliver health strategy and design. Most recently, she played a key role on the multi-disciplinary, global team that collaborated to deliver Phase 1 of the 14,000 room, 349,000m² University Hospital in Montreal, Canada – Centre hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal.
Tessa’s portfolio of significant health projects also includes involvement in the $200M Mount Hagen Regional Hospital redevelopment in Papua New Guinea, the $1.5B children’s hospital in South Brisbane, the $360M Midland hospital campus in Western Australia and the $410M Mackay Base Hospital redevelopment in Queensland.
Tessa has come to Warren and Mahoney from her own consulting company where she provided independent architectural services for various projects and clients, and previously worked as Director in Health with Woods Bagot.
With her broad range of international experience and health sector capabilities, Tessa is looking forward to strengthening the Auckland health team and expanding the Warren and Mahoney presence and portfolio across Australasia.
“I have a passion for investing in the way architecture can influence and impact our health and wellbeing. The way we manage form, space and landscape can have a powerful impact on our healing rate and mental health and as a designer I take that responsibility very seriously,” says Kingsbury.
“Well considered design solutions can greatly improve our emotional and physical health and these spaces are also key in shaping our attitudes towards assisting patient treatment and recovery. There is also some real momentum behind improving conditions and services specifically for our mental health patients, so in the next few weeks I’ll be meeting with various District Health Boards to determine how we can make a real difference to improve people’s lives through a fresh and innovative design approach.”
Warren and Mahoney’s health team are working on projects across Australasia including the new 62,000m² Christchurch Hospital Acute Services Building due for completion at the end of 2018. This ten storey building borders on the beautiful Hagley Park and maximizes every opportunity to look out over the city’s largest open parkland. The patient bedrooms feature a new approach to layout, have outstanding views and are flooded with natural light.
Tessa looks forward to collaborating with staff, partners and clients across Warren and Mahoney’s trans-Tasman health portfolio.Close