Bates Smart

Practice information
LocationMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Significant works and honors
  • RAIA Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design (2003, 2005)
  • RAIA National Award for Interior Architecture (2003)

Bates Smart is an architectural firm with studios in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. Founded in 1853 by Joseph Reed, it is known as one of Australia's oldest architectural firms. Over the decades, the firm multidisciplinary practices involving architecture, interior design, urban design, strategy, sustainability and research, have been responsible for some of Australia’s most well-known and loved buildings.


Joseph Reed, born in 1823 in Cornwall, England, established his firm on arrival in Melbourne in 1853, and in 1863, he joined with British architect Frederick Barnes, renaming his practice to Reed & Barnes. Their name is linked to many of the major buildings of nineteeth-century Melbourne, including the Melbourne Public Library (now known as the State Library of Victoria); Melbourne Town hall; Rippon Lea, Elsternwick; and Scots Church. The Melbourne International Exhibition building is regarded as one of the greatest buildings to be completed by Reed & Barnes.

In 1883 Barnes retired, and A. Henderson and Francis Smart joined Joseph Reed as partners to create Reed, Henderson & Smart. In 1890 Reed died, Henderson withdrew, and William Tappin joined, creating Reed Smart & Tappin. In 1907, N. G. Peebles joined, creating Smart Tappin & Peebles, but with the rapid departure of Tappin, and addition of E. A. Bates, the firm became known as Bates Pebble & Smart the next year. After Peebles died in 1923, the firm became Bates Smart McCutcheon in 1926 when Osborn McCutcheon became a partner; he remained Principal Partner until his retirement. Since 1995 the firm has been known simply as Bates Smart.

The current directors are: Matthew Allen, Julian Anderson, Jefferey Copolov, and Cian Davis.

Notable projects

Completed Firm name Project name Location Award Notes
1867 Reed & Barnes
Melbourne Town Hall Melbourne, Victoria
1867 Scots' Church Melbourne, Victoria
1880 Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne, Victoria
Reed, Henderson & Smart
Reed, Tappin & Smart
1903 Bates, Peebles & Smart
Central Hall Melbourne, Victoria
1910-13 Melba Hall, University of Melbourne Melbourne, Victoria
1912 & 1913 Buckley & Nunn, now David Jones 298-310 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria
1930 Bates, Smart, McCutcheon
AMP Building Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria
1933 Buckley & Nunn's Menswear Store (now David Jones), 312 Bourke StreetMelbourne, Victoria
1937 Second Church of Christ Scientist Camberwell, Victoria Street Architecture Medal 1938
1956 Wilson Hall Melbourne University
1957 MLC Building, North Sydney North Sydney
1937-8 MLC Building, Sydney 42-46 Martin Place, Sydney
1958 ICI House Melbourne, Victoria
1960 Johns & Waygood, City Road South Melbourne, Victoria
1975 Optus Centre Melbourne, Victoria
1997 Bates Smart
(since 1995)
Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex Melbourne, Victoria
2000 Federation Square including the
Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Melbourne, Victoria
  • RAIA Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design (2003)
  • RAIA National Award for Interior Architecture (2003)

2000 Toyota Headquarters Woolooware, Sydney
2001 Melburnian Apartments Melbourne, Victoria
2003 NSW Police Headquarters Sydney
2004 420 George Street Sydney central business district
2005 Walsh Bay Redevelopment Woolloomooloo
  • RAIA Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design (2005)
2006 Freshwater Place Melbourne, Victoria
2007 NSW Attorney General's Department Headquarters
2007 Pinnacle Office Development North Ryde
2007 AHM Headquarters Wollongong
2008 Government Service Centre Queanbeyan
2010 Mid City Sydney central business district
2018 Opal Tower Sydney Olympic Park


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