John Wardle (architect)

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John Wardle is a Melbourne-based architect. He graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a degree in Architecture.


John Wardle established his architectural practice in Melbourne in 1986[1] and has led the growth of the practice from working on small domestic dwellings to university buildings, museums and large commercial offices. The architecture of John Wardle Architects (JWA) is closely tailored to its place and highly experiential in nature.

In 2001 he completed a Master of Architecture at RMIT University, and he is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia.[2]

Wardle has formed strong links with both artists and public art galleries and, as a practicing architect and board member of both the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art and the Ian Potter Museum of Art, has contributed to important public art programs.


Nigel Peck Centre for Learning and Leadership, Melbourne

Award winning projects by John Wardle Architects include:[3]

  • 1997 25 William St. Office, Richmond, Melbourne
  • 1999 RMIT Printing Facility, Brunswick Campus, Melbourne
  • 2000 Kew Residence, Melbourne
  • 2002 RMIT Biosciences Building, Bundoora Campus, Melbourne
  • 2006 Uni SA Kaurna Building, Adelaide
  • 2008 Nigel Peck Centre for Learning and Leadership, Melbourne
  • 2008 Hawke Building, Adelaide
  • 2008 Queensland Brain Institute
  • 2009 Jane Foss Russell Building, University of Sydney
  • 2011 Victoria University Learning Commons and Exercise Sports Science Project
  • 2012 Shearer's Quarters, Bruny Island, Tasmania
  • 2013 Fairhaven Beach House


In 2002 and 2006, JWA was awarded the Australian Institute of Architects Sir Zelman Cowen Award for the most outstanding work of public architecture in Australia.[4][5] The practice has also been awarded the Harold Desbrowe-Annear Residential Award on three occasions, the Victorian Architecture Medal for a second time in 2008 and the Esmond Dorney Award for Residential Architecture in 2012. In 2012 the Shearers Quarters[6] received the Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture.[7]


  1. ^ John Wardle Architects: "John Wardle", retrieved 21 August 2013
  2. ^ School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia
  3. ^ AIA "Architecture Awards Gallery", retrieved 21 August 2013
  4. ^ AIA: "RMIT Biosciences Building, Bundoora Campus", retrieved 21 August 2013
  5. ^ AIA: "Uni SA Kaurna Building - Interior Design", retrieved 21 August 2013
  6. ^ Shearers Quarters,
  7. ^ ABC By Design: "Conversation with John Wardle", 7 November 2012

Further reading[edit]

  • John Wardle Architects, Thames and Hudson, London, 2008

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