Professor Donald Bates

Professor Donald Bates (LFRAIA; FRIBA) is the Chair of Architectural Design, University of Melbourne and Associate Dean (Engagement)for the Melbourne School of Design. He is a Founder and Director of LAB Architecture Studio. Bates graduated with a B.Arch from University of Houston, and has an M.Arch from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Upon graduation, he was invited to teach at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.

He founded and directed LoPSiA in France from 1990-94. In 1994, Prof Bates and Peter Davidson founded LAB Architecture Studio, and in 1997, LAB won the competition for Federation Square. LAB has designed a range of large-scale commercial, cultural, civic and residential projects, numerous master plans, with built works in Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, and has received numerous awards for these projects. Prof Bates has lectured at more than 240 schools of architecture, and has been published extensively in journals and magazines. He is a member of the Victorian Design Review Panel, Chair of the University of Melbourne Design Advisory and Review Group, the Metro Rail Arts Advisory Panel, and has been a jury member or chair of more than 25 international architectural design competitions.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.