Promotions/ Studio Directors

Ending 2020 on a high note, Bates Smart is delighted to announce the appointment of two new Studio Directors based in Melbourne. Together, they will build on the firm’s legacy and strengthen its leadership as we move into the future.

Karen Wong, Studio Director

Karen is an expert in the management of large scale mixed-use projects across many sectors. Her skill set extends beyond design and encompasses all project delivery phases, from stakeholder management and community consultation, through to marketing campaigns and post completion processes. She is currently leading some of the firm’s most complex precinct projects, which includes the Box Hill Central North masterplan and Stage 1 residential and commercial developments, and the Arden Square masterplan, which offers 580 build-to-rent homes, two commercial buildings and extensive public realm.

Karen actively promotes design thinking and knowledge sharing forums as a board member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

“I’m excited to design and deliver diverse, people centric and connected communities promoting good physical and mental health. New neighbourhoods, such as the ones we are designing now, with access to great infrastructure and connections are of the utmost importance”.

Johan Hermijanto, Studio Director

Johan specialises in concept and front end project design. He leads teams to explore innovative architectural solutions that respond to and reflect context, culture and craft – key principles of Bates Smart’s design ethos. His design approach has made him an expert across many sectors. He is currently leading the design for the new Tweed Valley Hospital in Cudgen NSW, Home Southbank – a new build-to-rent tower – as well as a survey project in the Melbourne CBD to identify potential commercial and residential opportunities within the current planning framework.

Johan is also the curator of the Bates Smart Gallery. He is currently preparing an exhibition titled ‘The Art of Distraction’ that will debut at Melbourne Design Week 2021.

“2020 has been a year of radical change which has demonstrated the world’s ability to adapt rapidly. I’m excited about the opportunity to craft a safer, conscious and more joyful built environment through my work at Bates Smart in a period of significant global transformation.”