Bates Smart

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Practice information
Key architects Joseph Reed, E.A. Bates, C.P. Smart, W.O. McCutcheon
Founded 1853
Location Melbourne
Significant works and honors
Buildings State Library of Victoria (1854), Melbourne Town Hall (1870), Royal Exhibition Building (1879), Federation Square (2000), The Melbournian (2001), Crown Casino Metropol (2009), Crown City of Dreams Macau (2010) Royal Children's Hospital (2012)
Awards RAIA Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design (2003, 2005), RAIA National Award for Interior Architecture (2003)

Bates Smart is an architectural firm based in Melbourne, 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 Poole, current director;
  • Roger Arnall (born 1944) director 1984-1991;
  • Jim Milledge, current director;
  • Jeff Copolov, current director;
  • Philip Vivian, current director;[1]
  • Simon Swaney, current director;
  • Guy Lake, current director;
  • Kristen Whittle, current director;
  • Sheree Proposch, current director;
  • Jenny Nolan, current director.[2]


  • 2003 RAIA Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design, for Federation Square, Melbourne.[3]
  • 2003 RAIA National Award for Interior Architecture, for the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square, Melbourne.[4]
  • 2005 RAIA Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design for the Walsh Bay Redevelopment, Sydney.[5]

Selected works[edit]



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

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