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Inaugural First Nations Leader

Wardle partners are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael McMahon as the practice’s First Nations leader.

Making the announcement, partner Meaghan Dwyer describes the appointment as an important one in Wardle’s work towards reconciling town and Country, under one of its five pillars, With Country.

“We’ve created this role to build the capacity of our practice to engage with and express First Nations cultural practices, stories, and knowledge in the places we create.

We thrive on exploring new ways of thinking and being more inclusive in the way we work and design. Michael’s role will help instil Indigenous knowledge and design thinking across our projects.”


Michael has worked with Wardle since 2021 contributing to projects such as the Bendigo Law Courts and the University of Tasmania’s Willis Street project in the Inveresk precinct. Michael also contributed extensively to the Castlemaine Art Museum masterplan for Wardle. Utilising his considerable research skills and insight Michael will support project and management teams on decision making surrounding First Nations issues.

Michael’s appointment comes as Wardle launches the second of its reconciliation action plans, ‘Innovate’.  

Wardle embarked on our RAP journey in 2020. Having fulfilled the commitments of our first Reflect RAP, we see the preparation of this Innovate RAP, as a demonstration of our ongoing commitment to reconciliation. We are excited to be part of meaningful change across our industry, community and Australia.

“Michael’s commitment to placing First Nations culture and knowledge sensitively within the built environment aligns closely with Wardle’s journey to link Country and the urban settings we operate in. He has assisted in the development of the role responsibilities and in turn we’re supporting his development as a practice leader.  We’re thrilled to have Michael working with us in this capacity.”

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