New Zealand-based Warren and Mahoney has boosted its senior leadership team with the appointment of two principals at its Auckland studio.

Ilona Haghshenas and Mat Brown have been promoted from within the practice to expand and deepen both its team and expertise in Auckland.   

A registered architect, Haghshenas grew up in Iran and has worked internationally in Ireland and London. With more than eighteen years’ experience, she has contributed to a diverse range of projects across the commercial, residential, education and aviation sectors.

Since joining the Warren and Mahoney team in 2016, Haghshenas has worked primarily on the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC), New Zealand’s largest and most versatile conference, exhibition and entertainment precinct.

Previously, Haghshenas worked on the expansion of operations and retail at Auckland International Airport.

“I feel proud to work alongside the exceptionally talented team at Warren and Mahoney every day,” says Haghshenas.

“I believe the deep awareness of cultural and community context that we bring to our design, including diversity and environmental considerations, sets our work apart.”

Brown, who has been a senior architect with Warren and Mahoney since 2014, has 20 years’ experience working across a range of projects that span a range of sectors, including multi-residential housing, commercial and medical facilities.

With a strong design focus and technical understanding, his most recent work includes the award-winning Quad 7 project at Auckland Airport, and the 786-bed student accommodation campus currently underway for the University of Auckland.

Founded in Christchurch in 1955, Warren and Mahoney employs almost 300 staff across seven integrated studios including those in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Sydney and Melbourne.