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This Building Likes Me

John Wardle Architects


The new monograph on one of Australia’s best and most internationally renowned architectural practices


This Building Likes Me offers an engaging account of the recent work of one of Australia’s most significant architectural practices, John Wardle Architects (JWA). They are fascinated by those who experience their buildings and spaces – by those who live or work in them, or simply walk past. These are the people the buildings like!

This monograph captures the award-winning practice’s commitment to people, cities and places; the collaborations with makers, builders and artists; and their continual inventive exploration of scale, site, landscape and narratives of memory. It presents 36 recent buildings and projects in pairs, and features photographs, drawings and images of JWA’s distinctive models. Alongside the projects are short critical essays and images of life within the practice. The result is a compelling insight into contemporary architectural processes, preoccupations and projects.

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 29.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 440 pp

Publication date: 8 September 2016

ISBN: 9780500500774

About the Author

John Wardle Architects work across all architectural scales, from small domestic dwellings to university buildings and large commercial offices. The distinguished practice has won many awards including the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Sir Zelman Cowen Award for the most outstanding work of public architecture in Australia and The Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture twice. In 2015 it was awarded the inaugural Daryl Jackson Award for Education Architecture for the Melbourne School of Design at the University of Melbourne.

List of Contributors

Justine Clark, Rory Hyde, Rachel Hurst, Tom Heneghan, Stewart Russell, Michael Banney, Leon Van Schaik, Nigel Bertram, Erica Green, Sandra Kaji-O'Grady, Nader Tehrani, Simon Perry, Ewan McEoin, Laura Harding, Juhani Pallasmaa, Max Creasy, Louise Wright, Mauro Baracco, Paul Carter et al.