Cate Cowlishaw
Studio Director / Head of Business Development
BSc B Arch

As the Head of Business Development at Bates Smart, Cate is a clear sighted leader with a unique understanding of our client’s needs. After graduating in architecture from the University of Sydney, Cate practised architecture for more than 10 years before gaining post-graduate qualifications in management and transitioning to business development. Having worked for a number of high profile studios, Cate has accrued an impressive depth of sector knowledge and broad range of contacts within the property industry.

Cate’s responsibilities as Head of Business Development span communications strategy, brand management, collateral development, industry relationships and bid management. She works closely with the Directors, developing and implementing marketing and business development initiatives to support and extend Bates Smart’s position as one of Australia’s foremost design focused practices.

As the first point of contact, Cate works closely with both the client and leadership team to understand the development potential of a project, often then returning at the end of the project to conduct end of project reviews to ensure that client objectives have been met, or as is often the case, exceeded.