MR Donald Bates

MR Donald Bates




  • Professor Donald Bates is the Chair of Architectural Design within the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne. He is a co-founder and Director of LAB Architecture Studio. Bates graduated from University of Houston (B.Arch), and Cranbrook Academy of Art (M.Arch). From 1983 to 1989, he directed a Unit at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. In 1990, Bates established LoPSiA (Laboratory of Primary Studies in Architecture), an independent research school for architecture, with studios in Paris and at the Le Corbusier Unité d’Habitation (Briey, France). In 1994, Prof Bates and Peter Davidson founded LAB Architecture Studio, and in 1997, LAB won the competition for Federation Square, Melbourne. Through offices in Melbourne and Shanghai, LAB Architecture Studio has designed large-scale commercial, cultural, civic and residential projects, and numerous master plans and urban designs, with built works in Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Prof Bates has lectured and directed workshops across 6 continents and more than 200 schools of architecture. He has been published extensively in international journals and magazines and has been an invited juror for more than 20 international design competitions.    


Member of

  • Royal Institute of British Architects. RIBA Chartered Member 2007 -
  • Australian Institute of Architects. FRAIA 1998 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • M.Arch, Cranbrook Academy of Art 1983
  • B.Arch, University of Houston 1978


Available for supervision

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