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Bates SmartBates Smart Architects is a leading global architectural firm based in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1853 by Joseph Reed as the practice Reed and Barnes, it is Australia’s second oldest architectural firm, and amongst the oldest in the world.

In 1883 Henderson and Smart, joined Joseph Reed as partners, and when W. B. Tappin became a partner the firm was renamed Reed, Smart and Tappin. When Reed died, Smart became head of the firm. Smart died two years later and N. G. Peebles joined with F. J. Smart’s son as Smart, Tappin and Peebles. The firm later became Bates, Peebles and Smart to work on the State Library of Victoria’s Reading Room. When Peebles died, the firm became Bates Smart. They were later joined by Sir Osborn McCutcheon (died 1985) who remained Principal Partner until his retirement. After 1995 the firm has been known simply as Bates Smart or ‘BSM’.