Neil Christopher has been appointed principal of Warren and Mahoney’s Wellington studio. He will relocate from Australia to take up his position in early April where 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.
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, coordinating concurrent projects for multi-site clients and creating activity based working (ABW) environments.
His significant achievements include the 14,000-sqm 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.
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 believe that workplace strategy and design is a very strong component of personal and professional growth,” Christopher comments.
Ralph Roberts, 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.”