“Good design stems from an underlying ‘Big Idea’, which is strong enough to drive the whole design process”
BA (Hons) Dip Arch MArch ARB RIBA ARIAS
Elected to the main board in 2005, Martin Bates’ design talent and expertise has won him recognition and respect in the architectural world. Winning his first accolade before he had graduated, Martin was awarded the prestigious RIBA Bronze medal of exhibition as one of the top 10 students in the UK.
Since joining the firm in 2001 as a graduate, Martin has been involved in all aspects of design in the built environment. From Edinburgh he led work with the City of Edinburgh Council on the award-winning Prince’s Street Development Framework, the first pro-active planning guidance for developing the city’s most famous thoroughfare in over 50 years.
Currently based in London, Martin works predominantly on residential and mixed-use developments including Battersea Reach and Erith Park. Building on his early successes, Martin’s work has earned him, his team and the practice numerous awards.
As well as sitting on the UK regional board, Martin maintains an active role in design and project work. For Martin, the key to good design is finding an underlying ‘big idea’ through analysing his project brief, context and typology, to drive and inspire the whole design process. Through his projects, he has repeatedly demonstrated his talent in finding this big idea that can hold the design together, be a constant focus at all stages and a defender of the design solution.