John Coop

John Coop is Chairman of the Board and Regional Principal of Warren and Mahoney’s Auckland studio. During his tenure as a Principal and shareholder since 2001, John has spearheaded major design projects, overseen significant growth for the Auckland studio, and has been a pivotal player in developing thought leadership in the wider New Zealand architecture industry.  

John’s design philosophy is unwaveringly client centric. Listening to, acting on and responding to client priorities underpins every facet of his practice. As an experienced project leader, his strength lies in developing strategic direction and managing teams with the stamina and resilience required to achieve the outcomes demanded by complex briefs.

To unlock the intangible potential of any project, John determines how the built environment can best achieve the aspirations of all its stakeholders – the client, the city, the occupants, the investors and the design team – and then develops designs that are sensitive to context and supportive of commercial objectives.

Working across the built environment – from commercial to civic, infrastructure and master planning, to customer experience and workplace design – John seeks to add unexpected value to projects by devising intelligent and original design solutions that deliver beyond the client brief.

With close to 20 years’ experience, John is an Architect Member of the Auckland Council Civil Defence Recovery Advisory Group – Built Environment and a member of the Executive of the Auckland Branch of the NZ Property Council, an NZPC Member of the Building Research Advisory Council (BRAC), an NZIA Nominated Member of the Auckland Council City Centre Advisory Board,  a past president of Auckland Architecture Association, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA), and has been a significant contributor to the NZIA Graduate Development Programme. Prior to Warren and Mahoney, John spent three years working in London with Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

John is consistently active in the New Zealand architecture profession and remains committed to educating and building the knowledge of young architects, both through graduate programmes and by developing a strong internal culture within the team at Warren and Mahoney.