The Bartlett School of Architecture


John Wardle – Bartlett International Lecture Series

27 November 2019, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

Ian Potter Southbank Centre. Photography by Trevor Mein.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







The Bartlett School of Architecture


Christopher Ingold Auditorium
22 Gordon Street
United Kingdom

This event is free and open to all. No booking is required, but please arrive early to guarantee your place.

Somewhere Other 

Lecturer's Abstract

In this lecture, John discusses the “hybrid condition” of Australian cultural practices and investigates how they are cultivars of those created elsewhere and adapted to specific regional conditions. This aspect of both considering the specifics of place and referring to “somewhere other” is a consistent frame of reference in John Wardle’s architectural work. 

When developing narrative and craft in architecture, John suggests that through the observation and recording of our influences we can further appreciate our time in place. Furthermore, our interest in linking digital platforms to contemporary industrial processes excites new forms of craftsmanship to extend this narrative. 


John Wardle is the founder of John Wardle Architects (JWA). Working across studios in Melbourne and Sydney, the practice’s highly awarded portfolio spans education, residential, commercial and civic projects delivered across Australia. John is an adjunct professor of Architecture at the University of South Australia and University of Melbourne.  

JWA’s work focuses on the creation of places for human connection, knowledge exchange and community. Each building is underpinned by a compelling narrative that draws together a site’s history and sense of place, in turn forging a sense of identity for the building and its occupants.  

The practice’s internationally recognized projects include Melbourne School of Design, Monash Learning and Teaching Building and Tanderrum Bridge. In 2018, their 'Captain Kelly’s Cottage' received a RIBA Award for International Excellence and Dezeen’s House Interior of the Year, and 'Somewhere Other', premiered at Venice Biennale 2018.  

View the full schedule for The Bartlett International Lecture Series


All our event spaces are accessible. For any additional support or information, please email or call 020 3108 7337.

Image: Ian Potter Southbank Centre. Photography by Trevor Mein.