John Wardle established his architectural practice in Melbourne in 1986 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. Wardle is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia.
During his career, Wardle has formed strong links with 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 Australian programs.
JWA received the Australian Institute of Architects Sir Zelman Cowen Award for outstanding works of public architecture in 2002, for the RMIT Biosciences Building, Bundoora Campus, and in 2006 for the University of South Australia Kaurna Building.
Wardle is a three-time winner of the Harold Desbrowe-Annear Residential Award, two-time winner of the Victorian Architecture Medal and received the Esmond Dorney Award for Residential Architecture in 2012. In 2012, JWA's Shearers Quarters received the Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture.