“Rogers' contribution to Bates Smart is one of continued enduring architectural quality, design excellence, extraordinary client service and professionalism. Without question, the legacy that he leaves behind has propelled this great practice to a renaissance of commanding respect in our industry”.
Jeffery Copolov, Interior Design Director, Bates Smart
After relocating to Australia in 1974, Roger joined Bates, Smart & McCutcheon as a design architect and was soon to be actively involved in award-winning projects for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade Headquarters and Collins Place, Melbourne.
As Chairman, Roger's integrity and vision has helped shape Bates Smart to become one of Australia’s most successful Architecture and Interior Design firms, delivering award winning, large scale and high quality projects within Australia and overseas.
“Roger’s approach to work and life has been an inspiration to the whole of the Bates Smart organization. His balanced demeanor combined with his vibrant intelligence, acerbic wit and professional insight have inspired the office and our clients for many years and have been transformational for the practice in the contemporary era”.
Kristen Whittle, Design Director, Bates Smart
As Roger transitions into retirement, he will remain integrated into the practice as a part-time consultant to the firm. Kristen Whittle, Design Director, will continue to lead the architectural design team in Melbourne and lead strategic project development and feasibility while Philip Vivian and Guy Lake will continue to lead the Sydney studio. Jeff Copolov, Interior Design Director, will carry on leading the interior design capability nationwide from his Melbourne base. Simon Swaney, Managing Director, will work between the Melbourne and Sydney studios overseeing delivery and client service at the highest level. Jenny Nolan, Finance Director, will continue to work across our Melbourne and Sydney studios to develop and maintain our commercial and contractual relationships.
The leadership team is further strengthened by the Studio Directors: Brenton Smith; Edwina McDermott; Julian Anderson; Matt Allen; Natalie Lane-Rose and Tim Leslie.