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Warren and Mahoney Architects

World Architecture Festival 2018 | Prominent features of the project

The Lincoln University and AgResearch Joint Facility builds a bridge between education, research and the agricultural industry. We started the project with a two-year consultation process; the resulting design brings together a diverse set of viewpoints unlocking the power of collaboration, innovation and sustainability. Impressed with the way that the client, design partners, local iwi and the community were able to collaborate, WAF judges said that the design allowed for the creation of a building “with a profound relationship to both the cultural meaning and physical manifestation of the landscape.”

This project is emblematic of Warren and Mahoney’s approach to our work with clients and their stakeholders. Our process is grounded in driving conversation before design, sharing our ideas with authentic generosity and ultimately creating spaces that connect people. We are thrilled to see this design, informed by the mission to break the barriers to sharing research among scientists, academics and industry recognised on an international stage.

We congratulate the ambition of the key stakeholders who championed the involvement of Woods Bagot’s global leadership across education, and workplace thinking. The Lincoln Joint Facility speaks of the Kiwi spirit of inclusion, co-operation and innovation using the traditional language of its people. The jury recognised that the project’s success (a compelling design embedded with meaning and intelligence) is due to the close-knit participation of all our partners.


The World Architecture Festival is the only globally recognised awards programme. This event offers the opportunity to meet potential collaborators face-to-face, and to view multiple presentations from internationally renowned presenters. WAF is fundamentally an intellectual forum of ideas, where architects from all over the world are looking to solve complex societal, economic and environmental issues. This provides us with a forum to frame and test our own position in relation to these globally important conditions. We look forward to returning in 2019.