Co-founder and director of Lab Architecture Studio, Donald Bates, has been named a fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

RIBA Fellowships acknowledge the achievements of chartered members who have made a significant contribution to architecture, the profession and the community.

Selected by RIBA’s Fellow Assessment Panel, Bates was the only Australian among the 30 fellows for 2017.

Previously, Bates has been awarded a number of prestigious honours, including the Victorian Architecture Medal, the Melbourne Medal, and the Marion Mahoney Award for Interior Architecture.

Along with Lab Architecture Studio’s co-founder Peter Davidson, Bates was the lead designer and director for the Federation Square project in Melbourne. Bates was also the co-editor and contributor to the publication Studio Futures: Changing Trajectories in Architectural Education, and the Co-Creative Director for the 2015 Australian National Architecture Conference. He is currently a chair of Architectural Design at the Melbourne School of Design.

In 2015, Australia’s Peter Stutchbury was honoured by The Royal Institute of British Architects with a 2016 RIBA International Fellowship.