13 April 2021


Australia’s peak body for the architecture profession, the Australian Institute of Architects, awarded its highest honour to UniSA Adjunct Professor and practising architect, John Wardle. The Gold Medal is awarded to an architect who has significantly advanced the field of architecture through the design and execution of buildings of high merit. The Jury said Wardle had “restored faith in what architects do best – the design of buildings that function well and please hand and eye”.

The Gold Medal Tour travels to capital cities around Australia, and provides an opportunity to hear from the recipient in a presentation and Q&A. In Adelaide, join John Wardle as he presents from an iconic building of his own design at UniSA's City West Campus. This is a presentation not to be missed.

Registrations are essential for this event, and COVID-19 health restrictions will be enforced. 

The architect behind major buildings at UniSA’s City West campus, Wardle’s South Australian projects – in collaboration with a range of local design and construction firms – have made a significant impact on urban form and architectural landscape in Adelaide’s West End. The Kaurna and Hawke buildings, completed in 2005 and 2007 respectively, formed the core of a campus revitalisation that punctuated the Fenn Place promenade and provided an architectural entry point to the evolving West End arts and culture precinct. In 2014, this project was expanded with the addition of the Jeffrey Smart building. The new building repeated and adapted the angular motifs featured in Kaurna and Hawke, allowing the campus to maintain a sense of campus collegiality across sites.

Other high-profile projects undertaken by Wardle in the national education sector include the Melbourne School of DesignCurtin School of Design & the Built Environment, the University of Tasmania’s Inveresk Campus, Monash’s Caulfield Library and Learning and Teaching Building, and the University of Sydney’s Jane Foss Russell Building.



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