John Wardle, John Wardle Architects
I first interviewed John Wardle when he was designing QV1 in about 2003, and I interviewed him again in 2017 for Habitus magazine. The story ran on the cover of Issue 37 and you can read it here.
I think John's work - which includes two Robin Boyd winning houses in recent years and many large projects including the Melbourne School of Design - is reshaping they way we define architecture in Australia.
Like Glenn Murcutt, who is often referred to as a quintessentially Australian architect, John's work responds to context, vernacular and climate, but his way of twisting and carving forms to frame views or shape sight-lines adds an extra dimension, in my opinion.
He wrote to me after the Habitus article was published, and said:
A belated thank-you for the great piece you wrote for Habitus, a few months ago now. I was pleased you understood my arcane habits. You covered the lengthy span of my working life with great care and sharp observation.
My thanks and best wishes,