CONGRATULATIONS TO JOHN WARDLE RECIPIENT OF THE 2020 AIA GOLD MEDAL.
We congratulate John Wardle and the JWA team on this well-deserved honour.
The Gold Medal is the Australian Institute of Architects highest honour and recognises distinguished service by architects who have designed or executed buildings of high merit, produced work of great distinction resulting in the advancement of architecture or endowed the profession of architecture in a distinguished manner.
We are very proud that John is an RMIT Architecture alumnus (design-practice research Masters program now the PRS) and the JWA studio is comprised of numerous RMIT Architecture alumni. John Wardle Architects (JWA) are also currently teaching a design studio in the RMIT Master of Architecture program.
The jury report notes that John is “an architect’s architect. He is a designer of consummate skill, whose works, from the smallest intricate piece of joinery to complex high-rise buildings receive detailed attention and conscientious formal experiment. His works celebrate both individual craft and the broader production processes of making a building. His works re-position the role of the architect as chief designer in the process of making a building. His works are the outcome of a studio-based collaborative practice. John Wardle is an outstanding Australian architect who maintains an exemplary practice. Across the nation he has restored faith in what architects do best – the design of buildings that function well and please hand and eye. He is a most worthy candidate for the award of the Gold Medal, the highest accolade of the Australian Institute of Architects.”
Via Architecture AU: https://bit.ly/3cfV0Bi