John Pauline

John Pauline

Senior Design Principal

Bachelor of Science, Architecture University of Sydney

Architecture, University of California, Berkeley


With a career spanning over 30 years, John specializes in integrated mixed-use developments, involving complex combinations of office, hotel, leisure, retail, residential, and cultural functions. He is a world leader in sports design and has worked on six consecutive Olympic Games, as well as the only full-time foreign design consultant for every sports venue for the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Olympics. Considered a sector leader for Commercial Workplace design, Pauline's work has been published in multiple international design magazines and architectural books. His work has also been displayed at Architectural Biennale's in Venice and Beijing. 

It is a significant responsibility to undertake the design of a new home for an institution. Each time the building must not only be an exemplar in sustainable futureproof workplace and hospitality planning, but it must also harness and reflect the ideals, branding, and aspirations of the company.


John has been a key designer of some of the world's most high-profile projects including Watercube National Aquatic Center in Beijing, Sydney Wharves in Australia, the Al Jubail Masterplan in Abu Dhabi, and the AIA Insurance headquarters in Hong Kong. Originally from Australia, he has been based in various additional regions, including Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.  As design principal for JERDE, John applies his extensive multi-sector knowledge to complex mixed-use developments.

Personal tidbit

John has always been an avid world traveler. He insists that it is an essential design tool in terms of inspiration, as it is the surest way to have the necessary cultural and contextual understanding of any development, while also being exposed to the most up to date design and industry innovations. In addition, John loves music and there is always sure to be a soundtrack to every project he designs.