Bates Smart

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Practice information
Founded 1853
Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Significant works and honors
  • RAIA Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design (2003, 2005)
  • RAIA National Award for Interior Architecture (2003)

Bates Smart is an architectural firm with studios in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. Founded in 1853 by Joseph Reed as the practice Reed and Barnes, it is Australia's second oldest architectural firm, and amongst the oldest in the world.


In 1883 Henderson and Smart, joined Joseph Reed as partners, and when W. B. Tappin became a partner the firm was renamed Reed, Smart and Tappin. When Reed died, Smart became head of the firm. Smart died two years later and N. G. Peebles joined with F. J. Smart's son as Smart, Tappin and Peebles. The firm later became Bates, Peebles and Smart to work on the State Library of Victoria's Reading Room. When Peebles died, the firm became Bates Smart. They were later joined by Sir Osborn McCutcheon (died 1985) who remained Principal Partner until his retirement. After 1995 the firm has been known simply as Bates Smart or 'BSM'.[1]

Partners and directors[edit]

  • Robert Dunster (born 1931) partner 1970-1992;
  • Straun Gilfillan (born 1933) partner 1970-1994;
  • Robert Bruce (born 1938) partner 1970-2002;
  • Tim Hurburgh (born 1943) director 1981-1999;
  • Roger Arnall (born 1944) director 1984-1991;
  • Jeff Copolov, current director;
  • Kirstin Whittle, current director;
  • Philip Vivian, current director;
  • Simon Swaney, current managing director;
  • Guy Lake, current director;
  • Jenny Nolan, current director.[2]

Notable projects[edit]

Completed Firm name Project name Location Award Notes
1867 Reed & Barnes
Melbourne Town Hall Melbourne, Victoria [3]
1867 Scots' Church Melbourne, Victoria
1880 Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne, Victoria
Reed, Henderson & Smart
1903 Bates, Peebles and Smart
Central Hall Melbourne, Victoria
1905 Melba Hall, University of Melbourne Melbourne, Victoria
1912 & 1934 Buckley & Nunn's two buildings, now David Jones, at 298-312 Bourke Street Melbourne, Victoria [4]
1933 & 1957 Bates, Smart and McCutcheon
MLC Buildings, Sydney Sydney central business district
1958 ICI House Melbourne, Victoria
1960 Johns & Waygood, City Road South Melbourne, Victoria
1975 Optus Centre Melbourne, Victoria
1997 Bates Smart
(since 1995)
Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex Melbourne, Victoria
2000 Federation Square including the
Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Melbourne, Victoria
  • RAIA Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design (2003)
  • RAIA National Award for Interior Architecture (2003)
2000 Toyota Headquarters Woolooware, Sydney [7]
2001 Melburnian Apartments Melbourne, Victoria
2003 NSW Police Headquarters Sydney
2004 420 George Street Sydney central business district
2005 Walsh Bay Redevelopment Woolloomooloo
  • RAIA Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design (2005)
2006 Freshwater Place Melbourne, Victoria
2007 NSW Attorney General's Department Headquarters
2007 Pinnacle Office Development North Ryde
2007 AHM Headquarters Wollongong
2008 Government Service Centre Queanbeyan
2010 Mid City Sydney central business district



  1. ^ Goad, Philip (2004). Bates Smart: 150 years of Australian Architecture. Australia: Thames and Hudson. 
  2. ^ Bates Smart Directors
  3. ^ Saunders, David. "Reed, Joseph (1823? - 1890)". Australian Dictionary of Biography Online. Australian National University. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Statement of significance at Heritage Council of Victoria
  5. ^ "AIA Awards: Federation Square". Australian Institute of Architects. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "AIA Awards: The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square". Australian Institute of Architects. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Projects". Architecture Australia. 88 (5). 1 September 1999. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "AIA Awards: Walsh Bay Redevelopment". Australian Institute of Architects. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 

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