Stephen Bates graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1989 and gained professional experience in London and Barcelona.
In 1996 he established Sergison Bates architects in London with Jonathan Sergison. The practice works at different scales and their projects range from urban planning to public buildings and housing. Several of their projects have received awards and the practice’s work has won international recognition with the Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal and the Erich Schelling Medal for Architecture in 2006. Their work was shown at the British Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale, and in 2012 they were invited to curate an exhibition on social housing, ‘Feeling at home’, as part of the 2012 edition. In 2010 the practice opened a studio in Zurich.
Stephen Bates has taught at a number of schools of architecture, including the Architectural Association in London, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, the International University of Catalunya (ESARQ) in Barcelona and the École Polytechnique Fédérale (EPFL) in Lausanne. He is currently Professor of Urbanism and Housing at T.U. München and Visiting Professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
In addition to his academic commitments, he lectures widely, has served on a number of prestigious international juries, among them the Premis FAD for Spanish and Portuguese architecture and the RIBA Stirling Prize, and writes regularly on architecture.