Blair Johnston has been appointed director of Warren and Mahoney’s Auckland studio.
After spending time working for respected architectural practices in Sydney and Rotterdam, Mr Johnston joined the practice in 2006 and was appointed a principal 2010.
Initially based in Queenstown, he moved to Auckland where he has worked collaboratively and as lead design architect on several significant projects such as the Otago University Plaza, Manukau Tertiary Campus, Westgate Library and Town Centre, NZ Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai and a variety of other projects throughout New Zealand.
He is currently working on the design of the new Christchurch Cathedral, and will continue involvement in supporting the Christchurch rebuild work within the practice in a design leadership role.
Mr Johnston brings integrity, passion and intellect in the leadership role that this move represents. He expresses strong ideas on how the practice might evolve, and his energy will assist the practice as it continues to develop and refine its processes and design approach.
He brings excellent intuitive design skills, strategic awareness, a collaborative style and a desire for a thorough and transparent design process.
Mr Johnston has a strong belief that ongoing communication with his clients, listening to their requirements and clearly articulating design responses are a fundamental aspect of good architecture.
Highly integrated solutions
This philosophy is informed by an understanding that the best architectural outcomes are highly integrated solutions in which architecture, structure, economics and performance are intrinsically linked.
He is passionate about delivering world-class, design-led architectural outcomes that are recognisably “of their place”, and which respond to New Zealand’s unique environment, culture and place in the world.