Course Director of Architecture
The interdisciplinary designer and asker of extraordinary questions.
John is interested in how buildings and artefacts mediate the relationship between the body and the natural environment.
John believes the task of design is to forge deeper connections between us and the wider world.
He’s a co-founder of the interdisciplinary design studio little wonder and has worked in private practice in Finland, Slovenia, Canada and the USA. He’s taught at Parsons School of Design in New York, and at Monash University and University of Melbourne. He asks big questions. Questions like “what if fog-ponics could be used to animate public space and provide a new kind of public garden?” and encourages you to do the same.
“I have a general interest in things that are animate and need the input of the environment to complete them,” says John.
With John, making things will be your method. You’ll learn by building installations, and will get to experience how your designs affect space. You’ll also become comfortable working with a range of software.
“The goal is for our students to become agile professionals,” says John. “Buildings aren’t purely physical anymore. Information is the material of the future. We have to work with it in the same way we work with concrete. I aim to enable my students to see the opportunities here, to remain curious and questioning, and to never become complacent in our quest for making our surroundings better,”