JOURNAL/ Leadership/2019

Leadership Announcements


Matt Davis returns to Bates Smart as a Studio Director

 “Matt brings an unrivalled knowledge in driving real change towards healthier, more liveable cities.”

Guy Lake

Director, Bates Smart

A prominent influencer of urban policy and projects in Australia, Matt Davis returns to Bates Smart as a Studio Director. Until his return to Sydney, from Adelaide, Matt was a founding partner of Davis+Davis Architects as well as a member of the inaugural SA Planning Commission and Integrated Design Commission of South Australia.

Matt is a member of numerous design review panels including the NSW State Design Review Panel. Acclaimed for his skills in architecture, urban design and planning, he has worked closely with the South Australian and NSW Governments to progress significant urban renewal as a trusted advisor to organisations delivering ambitious policy reform and complex urban projects.

Bates Smart Director, Guy Lake, described Matt as a great asset to the practice. “We are delighted to welcome Matt back to the studio. He brings a wealth of talent and an unrivalled knowledge in driving real change towards healthier, more liveable cities.

A highly regarded design architect within the Bates Smart team from 2002 to 2006, Matt was integral to the winning competition scheme for the 420 George Street tower and MidCity Centre and as design lead on the award-winning Queanbeyan Government Service Centre and 55 Miller Street, Pyrmont.

Commenting on his new role Matt says, “There’s never been a more important time for cities, or more urgent need for our neighbourhoods to be better connected, more sustainable, full of life, and loved by communities. Design offers such a powerful way of creating great places and inspiring collaboration toward more desirable and optimistic futures.”

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Farewell Kristen Whittle

 “Kristen has made a significant contribution to the practice and heritage of Bates Smart.”

Simon Swaney

Managing Director, Bates Smart

Kristen Whittle departed Bates Smart in November, after 12 years as a Director within the Melbourne studio. Kristen is a talented multi-sector design architect who has made a significant contribution to the practice and to the 165-year heritage of Bates Smart.

Kristen’s contribution includes award winning projects such as the VRC Club Stand, the new Royal Children’s Hospital, Crown Metropol, BHP’s head office at 171 Collins St, premium residential developments 35 Spring St, The Eastbourne and Collins House, and the yet to be completed Australian Embassy in Washington D.C.

Kristen has made the decision to pursue new directions. We wish Kristen well in his new venture and look forward to our ongoing strong professional relationship.

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2019 Staff Promotions

Congratulations to our new Associates and Associate Directors

Announcing new appointments is always an exciting point in the year and our 2019 promotions are no exception. We are delighted to congratulate our new Associates and Associate Directors and to welcome them to the leadership team at Bates Smart.

Each appointment has been made with great care and consideration; taking into account individual contributions to design excellence, experience and dedication to both our clients projects and the rich knowledge culture of our practice.

We are very proud to recognise these individuals amongst our talented team, each of whom contribute to the continued growth and success of our thriving studios.

Sara-Jane Bacon, Tom Cartledge, May Fong, Eamon Harrington, Marius Hatletveit, Tommy O'Daly, Jessica Page, Katie Rathbone, Richard Healy, Brent Lamb, Nora Pui, Sergio Sotelo, Jacinta Tessari.

Associate Directors:
Naigel Carusi, Edwin Chew, Aaron Coats, Peter Ohnrich, Darren Paul, Roger To, Tamara Young, Ben Williams

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Studio holidays 2019 - 2020

Studio closing dates

Our studios will be closed for the holidays from close of business on Friday December 20, and will reopen in the new year on Monday 6 January 2020.

We would like to wish all our colleagues and friends a safe and happy holiday.

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