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John Wardle established his architectural practice in Melbourne and has led the growth of the practice from working on small domestic dwellings to large university buildings, museums and commercial of ces. John has an international reputation as a design architect and has developed a design process that builds upon ideas that evolve from a site’s topography, landscape, history and context and a client’s particular aspirations and values. The architecture of John Wardle Architects (JWA) is closely tailored to its place and is highly experiential in nature. John is attuned to the importance of detail – it is through the detail that the nature of material, the t to function and the experience of occupation is expressed. John has formed strong links with both artists and public art galleries and as a practicing architect and board member of the Ian Potter Museum of Art has contributed to important public art programs. In 2002 and 2006, JWA was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Sir Zelman Cowen Award for the most outstanding work of public architecture in Australia. In 2015, JWA also received the inaugural Daryl Jackson Award for Education Architecture at the AIA National Awards for the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne. The work of JWA is published widely in Australian and international journals and has been celebrated in a book Volume – John Wardle Architects published by Thames and Hudson in 2008.

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