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New Appointments

John Wardle Architects is delighted to announce 10 new appointments. In a year of significant success and growth, the appointments reflect our commitment to collective leadership and diversity. They coincide with significant broadening of the practice’s ownership structure.

In the most senior of these appointments, Mathew van Kooy and James Loder move to Principal roles.

Mathew van Kooy joined the practice in 2012 and has since worked across the commercial and civic sectors on projects including Tanderrum Bridge and the global headquarters of Aesop. He has also actively led our growing portfolio of work internationally.

James Loder has worked as a design leader across projects including Monash Learning and Teaching Building, Ian Potter Southbank Centre and Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens. He was intensely involved in the design and realisation of Somewhere Other for 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Additional appointments recognise the talent and commitment of key team leaders across the practice.

Amanda Moore becomes Senior Associate in recognition of her leadership in interior design and outstanding contributions to the Monash Learning and Teaching Building, Caulfield Library and UTAS Inveresk. 

Moving into Associate roles are Ariani Anwar, Charlotte Churchill, Megan Darbyshire, Akshay Rajan, Alexandra Morrison, Ingrid Schreiber-France and Meron Tierney.

These appointments recognise the importance of diversity in design leadership and acknowledge the multi-faceted contributions of these individuals. Each has invested significant time within and beyond the practice in areas including ESD, industry engagement, research and innovation, practice strategy and design technology.      

Announcing the appointments, John Wardle acknowledged the dedication of the whole JWA team during a year of unprecedented expansion and achievement. This includes the launch of our Sydney studio and a series of high-profile profile project appointments including the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Nature and Science Precinct, several large-scale commercial developments in Sydney, the Ultimo Creative Industries Precinct Masterplan, and several commercial and hospitality developments in China. 

“It’s important for us to recognise our remarkable people and the wonderful diversity of opinion, knowledge and skill they bring to enable us to engage across so many aspects of architectural endeavour. The work we create as a practice always has at its foundation evidence of the endeavours of many,” says John.

The appointments are part of extensive planning undertaken over the past 12 months to broaden the practice’s ownership structure: “The move to build a larger equity group reflects conversations with industry peers and research into models implemented by like-minded practices to ensure our longevity and continued success”. 

The objective is to reward staff seeking full and rich careers in architecture. As fellow Principal, Meaghan Dwyer states: “It’s a model that will evolve over time to provide staff with minor and major stakeholder opportunities and create a diverse and robust ownership structure.”        

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