John Wardle Architects (JWA) is renowned for our work in the education sector. We have completed a diverse range of projects for many universities and schools across Australia - our portfolio includes libraries, a school of engineering, scientific and sports science laboratories, learning centres, student accommodation, schools of art, design, architecture and built environment, art museums, and spaces for the performing arts. In addition to designing exemplary buildings we are able to bring our experience to bear in a more strategic way through applying our insight to master planning, feasibility studies and business cases. We understand the drivers that are shaping the education sector and the impact they are having on the built environment.
We understand that each building is influenced by strategic objectives, master planning principles, its unique setting, and the exploration of new kinds of spaces for teaching, learning and research. Our approach is centred around the student experience and contemporary pedagogical thinking.
While Meaghan Dwyer leads our work in this sector she is supported by a number of architects and interior designers with considerable experience in designing and delivering buildings for education. Altogether, JWA is a practice of four Principals and a team over 70 strong. We work across Australia and internationally from our base in Melbourne. Our professional staff have broad capabilities and experience across a range of education, public, infrastructure, sport, residential and commercial projects, which gives us the expertise to provide a high-level of service across all phases of a project, and for all project types.
Many of our projects have been highly awarded. This includes twice being recognised with the prestigious Sir Zelman Cowen Award for best public building in Australia in 2002 and 2006, and the Daryl Jackson Award for Educational Architecture in 2015.