“Andrew has the ability to knit a team together. He is a natural leader, personable and engaging, and able to articulate workplace and interior concepts. His client-focussed approach fits well with contemporary design thinking.”Peter Marshall
Warren and Mahoney is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Tu’inukuafe as an Interiors Principal to lead the Workplace Design division.
He will head the interiors team in New Zealand and work collaboratively with the studios across the Tasman, with an emphasis on workplace design.
In his previous position as Design Director at Creative Spaces, he was responsible for projects such as the $70 million refurbishment of the Auckland Council Albert Street workplace and the $10 million renovation of the Council’s Bledisloe House, including the makeover of adjacent Bledisloe Lane. “The challenge was to reinforce the transformation of the Auckland Council. We had to answer the question of how workplace design supports a high-performing team,” he says.
Andrew was born in New Zealand to Tongan parents. He is married to a High Court judge and the couple has 15-year-old triplets. He studied architecture at the University of Auckland, graduating with honours and went on to achieve several New Zealand Institute of Architects’ Awards for projects as diverse as a cultural tourism attraction in Rotorua, library buildings and corporate headquarters.
His commitment to the profession runs deep. From 2010 to 2013, he was convenor of Spatial Judges at the annual New Zealand Design Institute’s Best Awards and is a Board Member of the Spatial Design Advisory Board at Auckland University of Technology. “It’s about giving back and assisting where I can,” he says. “There are many ways to apply design knowledge, so I like to expose students to opportunities and help them find their own pathway.”Andrew’s appointment is a demonstration of Warren and Mahoney’s continued evolution as a future-focussed practice. With a proven track record in strategic thinking, he will be integral to the design process from the briefing stage, through concept development, design and completion.
Managing Director Peter Marshall, says “Andrew has the ability to knit a team together. He is a natural leader, personable and engaging, and able to articulate workplace and interior concepts. His client-focussed approach fits well with contemporary design thinking.”
Andrew is looking forward to the broader challenge of working on complex, strategy- and design-led projects with a mix of clients, both here and overseas, and on various building typologies. “I am excited to be able to work with a bigger team and by the opportunities I see for us.”