Stephen Bates

Stephen leads the main London office and focuses on design and communication, liaising with clients and the creative direction of the practice. He is closely involved in the development of all projects from inception to completion.

He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1989 and gained professional experience in London and Barcelona.

He has taught at a number of schools of architecture, including the Architectural Association in London, was Visiting Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne (EPFL), the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura (ESARQ) and the Universidad Internacional de Catalunya (UIC/ETSAB) in Barcelona, the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Since 2009 he has been Professor of Urbanism and Housing at the Technische Universität in Munich together with Bruno Krucker.

Through the development of numerous projects and his teaching role at TU Munich, he has explored the practical and theoretical aspects of city-making and domesticity and written extensively on the various issues connected with the relationship between the two scales.

He has been a member of various Design Review Panels in London and has served on many international architectural competition juries, including the Iberian Premis FAD, the Stirling Prize in the UK, the Belgian Prize for Architecture and was President of the jury for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award.