Leading Australian architectural practice Bates Smart announces the appointment of three new Studio Directors at their Sydney and Melbourne offices. Bates Smart has made these senior staff appointments in anticipation of its next generation of growth.

Long term Melbourne based Director, Jim Milledge will be retiring in December. A Director of Bates Smart for over thirty years, Jim has been a very significant contributor to the Melbourne studio and was also instrumental in establishing the Sydney presence.

The three newly announced Studio Directors each contribute particular areas of expertise across the firm.

Matthew Allen is a noted contributor to design competition and award winning projects in the Sydney Studio.

Julian Anderson will relocate from Sydney to Melbourne, bringing large project delivery capacity to the Melbourne Studio.

Edwina McDermott, also Melbourne based, will take on a key practice management and operations role.

Director Simon Swaney, who currently shares the Managing Director role with Jim Milledge, will now divide his time between the Sydney and Melbourne studios, enhancing the synergies between the two studios.