We have expertise in master planning, urban design, architecture, and interior design. Led by Founding Principal, John Wardle, our work ranges across education, residential and commercial projects, encouraging the cross fertilisation of ideas.
JWA is owned by 14 Australian shareholders who are all current employees or nominees of current employees. Our practice ownership model provides our team members with the opportunity for growth and the potential of becoming a shareholder. It creates a diverse and robust ownership structure.
Major shareholders are John Wardle, Stefan Mee and Meaghan Dwyer. Minor shareholders are Mathew van Kooy, James Loder, Richard Sucksmith, Diego Bekinschtein, Minnie Cade, Yee Jien, Kah-Fai Lee, Jasmin Williamson, Luke Jarvis & Amanda Moore.
Many projects by JWA have been highly awarded. In 2018, this included National AIA Awards for Educational Architecture and Interior Architecture, the RIBA Award for International Excellence and the Dezeen Award for Best House Interior. JWA has twice been recognised with the prestigious Sir Zelman Cowen Award for best public building in Australia in 2002 and 2006. We have twice received Robin Boyd Awards for best residential project in Australia. Our practice has also won two Victorian Architecture Medals.
Like any good conversation, our design process requires us to be both good listeners and excellent advocates. We ask the right questions and provide thoughtful, and thought provoking answers. We like to imagine that this conversation continues, after we finish our work, between the building and its occupants. Perhaps, they may say to a friend: “This building likes me”.
JWA is committed to diversity and inclusion. Across many of our current projects, we have sought to engage with Indigenous stakeholders to find ways to incorporate Indigenous design principles and expression into our work. We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work and build our projects.