Warren and Mahoney have appointed Simon Topliss as a new tertiary education principal, enhancing the Melbourne practice’s knowledge in the field.

Topliss says he is looking forward to working for the firm, and that his experiences will only further Warren and Mahoney’s influence in the Pacific rim.

“I am excited to bring my complimentary expertise and commitment to designing high quality learning environments to the practice. Warren and Mahoney’s design process responds to the current needs of learning institutions. They’ve been successful in understanding the relationship between quality, agility and designing in partnership with indigenous communities. I look forward to building upon an already strong offering.”

Topliss says his passion for Passive House, a design model that delivers ultra-low energy buildings and high-quality end user comfort, will be a key offering for current and future Warren and Mahoney projects.

“Both Passive House design-thinking and the use of mass timber solutions are high on my agenda. Being part of an evolving carbon conversation is about demonstrating industry leadership. And these technologies are very powerful tools to deliver real sustainable outcomes and investment value for our clients,” he says.

A globally-experienced, registered architect, Topliss joins Warren and Mahoney after 10 years at Jackson Clements Burrows (JCB), where he was an Associate Director for the last four years. Prior to JCB, the architect collaborated with Peter Elliot, following a long stint in London.

Warren and Mahoney principal Nick Deans says Topliss’ appointment is a result for both the firm and current and future tertiary clientele.

“Our tertiary clients are using this time to look around the curve of the future to design the next generation of learning spaces. Simon’s specialised knowledge and track-record in this sector complements our existing skill set and supports our ongoing work with Deakin University, La Trobe University and Presbyterian Ladies College.”

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