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Due to circumstances beyond our control the Museum has made the difficult decision to cancel this event.


Saturday 14 November 2020


6.30–8pm (doors open 6pm)


$25 adults, $20 concession, $17.50 Museum Friends. Free to stream online

Menu packs available with pre-purchased tickets from $30

Cheese platters available for purchase on the night, $20 per platter

Kevin McCloud in conversation with John Wardle, 2020 AIA Gold Medal winner
Streamed live from the UK and Melbourne

Kevin McCloud (Grand Designs) and John Wardle (2020 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal winner) will discuss John’s distinguished career as one of Australia’s leading architects.

Streaming live into the Gandel Atrium, learn of John’s inspiration, motivation and driving curiosity.

This is a 2020 DESIGN Canberra event hosted by Adrienne Erickson, Swayn Senior Fellow in Australian Design.

First in a series of Gold+ events celebrating Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) Gold Medal winners.

Presented as part of the annual DESIGN Canberra festival (9–29 November 2020).

Watch live on the Museum’s YouTube channel

Promotional image featuring Kevin McCloud in conversation and John Wardle with the text: CURIOSITY / GOLD+ SERIES.

Speaker biographies

Kevin McCloud

Kevin McCloud is best known for the internationally acclaimed series Grand Designs. He also broadcasts widely about design and architecture, including regular coverage of the pre-eminent UK architectural competition, the Stirling Prize. He has written several books and many articles, and champions sustainable development, the historic environment and ecological construction. Kevin believes that the best architecture relates to where it is, as much as who it is for.

Kevin studied History of Art and Architecture at Cambridge and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Society of Light and Lighting. He was awarded an MBE in 2014 for his services to architecture.

John Wardle

John Wardle is an internationally renowned architect and the founder of John Wardle Architects (JWA), which has studios in Sydney and Melbourne. The work of JWA is tailored to place and highly experiential in nature. Diverse in scale and typology, its portfolio spans domestic dwellings, university buildings, museums and large commercial offices.

The practice has won national and international awards for education, residential and civic design. John speaks regularly at national and international conferences, recently as keynote at the World Architecture Festival, and maintains strong ties to the Australian arts community and academia. He is Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia. In 2020, John was honoured with the Australian Institute of Architects’ highest individual distinction, the Gold Medal.

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